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Zaha Hadid's Otherworldly Nordpark Railway Stations, Innsbruck

'Shell and Shadow' in the Alps over Innsbruck

We only spent one day in Innsbruck, Austria on our way between Salzburg and Munich. But the highlight of our day in Innsburck (besides the struedel) was our slow motion journey up the city's stunning Nordpark Railway, designed in 2007 by architect Zaha Hadid (1950 - 2016).

The Nordpark Railway begins in the city center and then climbs into the mountains, stopping a three stations along the way before arriving at Hungerburg Station. The Funicular stations are made of concrete and Alpine green, sculpted glass. Here's how Ms. Hadid described the inspiration for and design of the Nordpark Stations:

"Two contrasting elements “Shell & Shadow” generate each station’s spatial quality. A lightweight organic roof structure floats on top of a concrete plinth. The artificial landscape functions as a relief in which various movements and circulations are inscribed. Looking at the Roof Shell’s fluid shapes and soft contours, one might be reminded on natural phenomena such as glacier movements." 

You can learn more about the Nordpark Railway and about Zaha Hadid at the architect's website.

Nordpark Railway Station at Street Level by Zaha Hadid. Photo via www.zaha-hadid.com

Nordpark Railway Station at Street Level by Zaha Hadid. Photo via www.zaha-hadid.com

Nordpark Railway Station interior by Zaha Hadid. Photo via www.zaha-hadid.com

Nordpark Railway Station interior by Zaha Hadid. Photo via www.zaha-hadid.com

Nordpark Railway Station interior by Zaha Hadid. Photo via www.zaha-hadid.com

Nordpark Railway Station interior by Zaha Hadid. Photo via www.zaha-hadid.com