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Hungerburgbahn funicular, Innsbruck

Hungerburgbahn funicular, Innsbruck

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From the city to the “Nordkette”

The mountains of the “Inntalkette” (Inntal Chain) stretch across the northern limestone Alps and are commonly called the “Nordkette” (North Chain) on account of their location north of Innsbruck.

Not far from the historical centre of Innsbruck, cable cars take visitors to the top station, the “Hafelekar”, at an altitude of 2269 metres.

The first section of the “Hungerburgbahn” funicular offers a spectacular view of the Alpine panorama and the city of Innsbruck. The line has four stations, and spans the River Inn with a cable-stayed bridge.

The sweeping design of the bridge blends into the mountain scenery and is illuminated by BEGA floodlights. The high-performance floodlights with discharge lamps accentuate the striking, 30 metre high pylons of this reinforced concrete bridge.

The vaulted design of the four stations also blends into the mountain scenery. The light-coloured roof shells made of glass arch above the reinforced concrete stations of the funicular below. They symbolise the surrounding mountain scenery with glaciers, ice and snow.

Shielded recessed wall luminaires ensure optimum illumination of the stations and platforms, making it easy to get in and out of the cable cars.

The roof constructions of the stations are illuminated by BEGA in-ground floodlights. The glass surfaces are coated on the inside, reflecting the light and creating the necessary basic illumination. They ensure that this outstanding architecture shines forth in the Alpine landscape and, as a special highlight, accentuates the cityscape of Innsbruck.


Developer

City of Innsbruck / STRABAG

Architecture

Zaha Hadid Architects, London

Lighting design

Zaha Hadid Architects, London

Electrical planning

ILF, Rum

Electrical installation

EAE Stöckl GmbH, Innsbruck