Snøhetta brings a touch of modern design to the old cable car with this winning gondola in the Italian Alps

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Bolzano Cable Car by Snohetta. (Courtesy Snohetta.

Bolzano Cable Car by Snohetta. (Courtesy Snohetta)

Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta has been selected as the winner of a competition to design a cable car that will take visitors to the top of Virgolo Mountain, near Bolzano, Italy, for the first time in 40 years. The mountain has been practically inaccessible since the city closed its historic cable railway in 1976. The new cable car transit system will take visitors to the top in just one minute.

Bolzano Cable Car by Snohetta. (Courtesy Snohetta)

Bolzano Cable Car by Snohetta. (Courtesy Snohetta)

The design is based on two rings. One forms the base station, the other the top station, while the cable connects tangentially. It makes the summit just a five minute trip from the city center. The new cable car also interacts with the city via a landscape at the end of the Südtirolerstraße, which brings nature into the city.

At the top, a restaurant, café, infinity pool, and meeting rooms with views of the city and surrounding countryside are also planned. “Mountain Square” at the top the Virgolo will be an open space for everything from open-air markets to concerts.

The project is currently displayed in the showroom of department store Bozen Bolzano in the Palais Menz in Bolzano Mustergasse.

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