Stone Circle © Alpinarium Galtür
The combination of protective walls and exhibition rooms makes the Galtür alpinarium and its architecture unique in Europe today.
A stone circle lit from inside in the entrance hall and a glass facade with alabaster stones symbolise the simultaneously fascinating and threatening forces of nature. The mountain village and ski region of Galtür experienced this close up in 1999. The community lost people, homes and hopes due to an avalanche. All the more remarkable is its regeneration. The 345m long and up to 19m high avalanche wall not only integrates art and culture, but impresses with modern interior design and the exterior architecture adapted to the townscape and nature.
The use of the alpine signal colours of yellow and black, blue glass cullet as symbols of glaciers in the bar of the "Frozen Water" cafe and a bouldering wall form additional mountain reference points.
The "AT THE VERY TOP – stories about Galtür and the world" exhibition is about the location of the town Galtür and the rest of the world, as well about the sunny side and the dark side. The exhibition is created by inspiration of culture, philosophy and geography. With stories and great pictures based on pairs of terms like “beginning and end”, the "top and bottom” and of course the beauty and the dangerousness of nature, is it possible to show the connection of Galtür to the world.