This month Zaha Hadid Architects celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the four railway stations – the Hungerburgbahn- which the firm has designed in Innsbruck, Austria. During the course of these 10 years, the volume of people who have visited these stations has exceeded 4.5 M passengers. The railway stations play an important role in linking Innsbruck’s city center to Nordkette Mountain, and to Hungerburg.
The stations’ design carries the distinct fingerprint of ZHA, which is the undulating, space-age form. However, each of the four stations has been designed according to its own passenger volume, terrain, and altitude. The roof design in all of the stations is a state-of-the-art which matches the icy climate of the city. Thanks to their remarkable features, the stations have become a major tourist attraction in Innsbruck.
“The Hungerburgbahn connects the vibrant city of Innsbruck with nature, and its stations have become an integral part of Innsbruck’s cityscape.”, said the Mayor of Innsbruck, Christine Oppitz Plorer.
In 2005, ZHA and Strabag, the contractor of the project, won the contest to create the Hungerburgbahn. At the time of its completion, the project was the biggest structure in the world to use double-curved glass. Moreover, in 2008, the project was considered by the Royal Institute of British Architects for the prestigious Stirling Prize.
The Austrian city will be hosting several events on the margin of the 10th-anniversary celebrations of the stations’ construction. The events, which will take place during the course of the winter, include organizing design tours to the stations. The tours will be available till April the 6th 2018.