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Nordpark Cable Railway
Zaha Hadid Architects

January 14, 2008 /

Innsbruck, Austria

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Photo: Thomas MayerCongress Station

The 1.8 km long Nordpark Cable Railway, comprised of four new stations and a cable-stayed suspension bridge over the river Inn, takes you from the center of Innsbruck to the top of the mountain in less than half an hour.

The design for each station adapts to the specific site conditions at various altitudes, whilst maintaining the coherent overall architectural language of fluidity. This approach was critical to the design for the railway, and demonstrates the seamless morphology of Hadid's most recent architecture.

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Photo: Thomas MayerCongress Station

The railway reflects the city's continued commitment to the highest standards of architecture and pushes the boundaries of design and construction technology. These stations are the global benchmark for the use of double-curvature glass in construction.

/Zaha Hadid

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Congress Station

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Congress Station

Starting at the underground Congress Station in the center of the city, the railway travels through a tunnel to Loewenhaus Station by by the river.

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Loewenhaus Station

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Loewenhaus Station

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Loewenhaus Station

After crossing the river Inn on Hadid's suspension bridge, held by steel cables from concrete pylons, the car starts its steep ascend on the Nordkette Mountain side to Alpenzoo Station.

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Alpenzoo Station

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Alpenzoo Station

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Alpenzoo Station

The final station is at Hungerburg village, 288 meters above Innsbruck, where passengers can join the cable-car to the summit of the Seegrube Mountain.

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Hungerburg Station

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Hungerburg Station

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Hungerburg Station

Each station has its own unique context, topography, altitude, and circulation. We studied natural phenomena such as glacial moraines and ice movements - as we wanted each station to use the fluid language of natural ice formations, like a frozen stream on the mountainside.

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A high degree of flexibility within this language enables the shell structures to adjust to these various parameters whilst maintaining a coherent formal logic. Two contrasting elements "Shell & Shadow" generate each station's spatial quality, with lightweight organic roof structures of double-curvature glass "floating" on top of concrete plinths, creating an artificial landscape that describes the movement and circulation within.

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Congress Station

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Loewenhaus Station

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Alpenzoo Station

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Hungerburg Station

New production methods such as CNC milling and thermoforming guaranteed a very precise and automatic translation of the computer generated design into the built structure. The architects used state-of-the-art design and manufacturing technologies developed for the automotive industry to create the streamlined aesthetics of each station.

Nordpark Cable Railway continues Hadid's quest for an architecture of seamless fluidity, representing Zaha Hadid Architects' very latest contribution to the current global architectural discourse in digital design and construction.

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Site Plan


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Street Level Plan Congress Station


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Platform Level Plan Congress Station


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Longitudinal Section Congress Station


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Plan Lowenhaus Station


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Longitudinal Section Loewenhaus Station


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Plan Alpenzoo Station


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Longitudinal Section Alpenzoo Station



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Plan Hungerburg Station


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Longitudinal Section Hungerburg Station

The railway opened on December 1, 2007.

It is the second project completed by Zaha Hadid in the city; the Bergisel Ski Jump by Hadid was completed in 2002 and awarded the Gold Medal for Design by the International Olympic Committee in 2005.

Facts about Nordpark Cable Railway

Total roof structure area (all stations inclusive):

2,500 m2

Architect:
Zaha Hadid Architects

Design:

Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher

Project Architect:

Thomas Vietzke

Design Team:

Jens Borstelmann
Markus Planteu

Production Team:

Caroline Andersen
Makakrai Suthadarat
Marcela Spadaro
Anneka Wagener
Adriano di Gionnis
Peter Pichler
Susann Berggren

Local Partner:
Malojer Baumanagement GmbH

Planning Adviser:

ILF Beratende Ingenieure ZT

Contractor:

Strabag AG

Engines & Cables Contractor:

Leitner GmbH

Facade Contractor:

Pagitz Metalltechnik GmbH

Structural Engineers (concrete base):

Baumann & Obholzer Ziviltechniker

Structural Engineers (roof structure):

Bollinger Grohmann Schneider ZT

Bridge/Track Engineer:

ILF Beratende Ingenieure ZT

Client:

inkb (innsbrucker nordkettenbahnen gmbh)

Photographed by Thomas Mayer

Last updated: December 19, 2013

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