Timmelsjoch Experience

Timmelsjoch, Timmelsjoch
Tyrol, Austria
Email: info@timmelsjoch.com
Phone: +43 (0) 512 / 581970
Website: http://www.timmelsjoch.com/en/
closed on: usually open from late-Spring to early-Autumn
Museum Type: Architecture / Urbanism

Located along a mountain road straddling the Austrian-Italian border, the Timmelsjoch Experience is an open-air museum of architectural sculptures.

Inaugurated in 2010, the Experience currently includes 5 permanent installations designed by architect Werner Tscholl, all inspired by the historical role of this area as a link between the populations living on the north and south sides of the Timmelsjoch high mountain pass; respectively in the North-Tyrolean Ötztal valley in Austria and in the South-Tyrolean Passeiertal valley (Italian: Val Passiria) in Italy.

Each architectural sculpture has its own themes, which cover subjects such as local history and culture, geology, alpine flora and fauna.

Arranged alongside the twelve kilometers of the Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road, from the Italian village of Moos (Italian: Moso in Passiria) to Hochgurgl in Austria, the installations are:

Garnets
It is composed of two multifaceted structures, inspired by the geometric shape of crystals, one accommodating a small exhibition space and the other a viewing platform overlooking the Passeiertal valley.


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Timmelsjoch Experience Werner Tscholl Garnets 01

“Garnets” installation, photo © Werner Tscholl Architects

Timmelsjoch Experience architecturall scupltures Tyrol Garnets 03

“Garnets” installation, photo courtesy of  Timmelsjoch Hochalpenstraßen AG

Telescope
Still on the Italian side of the road, the installation, comprising two specular tubular micro-architectures, is a huge viewing device focusing the viewer’s attention on the Texelgruppe nature reserve and the mountain chain which borders it.

Timmelsjoch Experience architecturall scupltures Tyrol Telescope 02

Timmelsjoch Experience architecturall scupltures Tyrol Telescope 01

“Telescope” installation, photos courtesy of  Timmelsjoch Hochalpenstraßen AG

Pass Museum
Located at the Timmelsjoch pass, 2,508 meters above the sea level, the Pass Museum is the largest and perhaps the most iconic of the five installations of the Timmelsjoch Experience. It is an imposing cantilevered tube which houses a small museum depicting the history of the place through graphic panels, photographs, a scale-model of the valley, and an ancient “fibula” dating back to the 3rd century B.C.

Pass Museum Timmelsjoch Austria Werner Tscholl exterior 05

Pass Museum, exterior view, photo © Alexa Rainer

Timmelsjoch Experience Tyrol architectural sculptures Pass Museum 03

Pass Museum, exterior view, photo courtesy of  Timmelsjoch Hochalpenstraßen AG

Timmelsjoch Experience Tyrol architectural sculptures Pass Museum exhibition

The permanent exhibition at the Pass Museum, photo © Alexa Rainer

Smugglers
It is a small cube structure which celebrates the history of the “couriers” who, for almost a century, smuggled goods across the Austrian-Italian border through dangerous high-mountain trails, before the abolition of national border controls within the European Union in 1997.

Timmelsjoch Experience Tyrol architectural sculptures Smugglers 02

Timmelsjoch Experience Tyrol architectural sculptures Smugglers 01

“Smugglers” installation, photo courtesy of  Timmelsjoch Hochalpenstraßen AG

Walkway
the “Walkway” is a viewing platform near the Austrian village of Hochgurgl and a small permanent exhibition space dedicated to the surrounding forests and glaciers, as well as to the history of the local alpine communities.

Timmelsjoch Experience Tyrol architectural sculptures Walkway 02

Timmelsjoch Experience Tyrol architectural sculptures Walkway 01

Timmelsjoch Experience Tyrol architectural sculptures Walkway 03

“Walkway”panoramic platform, photos courtesy of  Timmelsjoch Hochalpenstraßen AG

Cover image: Pass Museum, bird’s eye view, photo © Alexa Rainer

Timmelsjoch Experience Tyrol architectural sculptures Pass Museum 02

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