Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
CABLE CAR MERANO 2000 by Roland Baldi architects
March 25th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Roland Baldi architects
The cable car is situated at the margins of the city of Merano and connects the city with the nearby skiing Area of Merano 2000. Autonomous in presence, the design consists of two terminals – one in the valley and one at the summit – that maintain a common architectural language through palette and form. Made transparent through materiality and colour, the layout and scheme of the station are intuitively read by its users.
The project’s primary function – cable car – is made prominent by wrapping the programs pertaining to the service, such as arrival/departure area, control room and landing, in a bright red cladding. The terminal’s other functions (panoramic cafe, lounge, waiting area, entry, etc.) are arranged throughout the rest of the three-storey station. The graphic slope of the roof line communicate a directional connection between the two terminals. Both stations feature a porous metal cladding that exposes the lift’s mechanical systems to the viewers. At night, this permeable skin allows the terminal to glow, becoming a lit focal point in the landscape.
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