Location Kronplatz Bruneck, Süd Tirol, Italien Architect Gio Forma & EM2 Architekten Finished 2018

The LUMEN Museum at Kronplatz is a relatively new building, built on the grounds of rich alpinism history. Gio Forma & EM2 Architekten constructed this modern museum that honors mountain photography on the foundations of the old cable car station from 1963. The museum is designed around the principles of a house, acting as a comforting shelter for its patrons. The structure features an adjoined restaurant, which floats on two pillars over Kronplatz. It has just two concrete bars for the roof and floor slab, which gives this airy space support. Its huge panoramic window offers a view of the Dolomites on three sides.

Architecture Suspended Over the Mountains

In a way, the LUMEN Museum feels like a departure from the more “traditional” modern alpine architecture projects I have photographed in the past. This sleek, contemporary structure is wrapped in massive monochromatic plastered walls. It feels like a cross between a shining white snowfield, and a large gift box, resting on the mountain slope. Despite being made of heavy materials like concrete and metal, the LUMEN Museum and its adjoined restaurant, AlpiNN, appear to float effortlessly over the summit of the Kronplatz.
To convey this floating feeling, I chose perspectives that made the structure appear to hang in the sky, above the peaks in the background. I made tight compositions that showed just enough context to allow the viewer to place themselves in the scene – and understand LUMEN’s relation to the environment – without showing the whole structure at once or giving too much of the mystery of the building away. The result is a set of intimate exterior photographs that leave the viewer wanting to know more of the magic that surrounds this beautiful piece of modern alpine architecture.

An Hommage to Alpine Photography

The LUMEN Museum has 1,800 square meters dedicated to telling the history of mountain photography. The large exhibition space extends from the ground floor to the roof over four floors. No matter where you stand in this massive room, there is something to discover behind every wall. The geometry of the house design draws the viewer into its individual rooms, where they can quietly contemplate the art and exhibits. The art from alpine photographers across the globe hangs on the monochromatic walls, allowing viewers to drink in the art before looking out across the Dolomites with their own eyes at the next window.
I made an effort in my photographs to show the complex tiered structure of the exhibit area while maintaining a sense of shelter and warmth. It was also important to me to create a visual “path” that would lead the viewers’ eyes through the exhibits to help them make sense of the scene.

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Photographing LUMEN's Mirror Room

While photographing this piece of alpine architecture, one of the biggest challenges I ran into was working while the LUMEN Museum was open for business. Setting up a clunky tripod was no option during operating hours. So I captured all images handheld while being sure not to detract from the visitors’ experience. Another challenge was photographing one of the museum’s most interesting exhibits – a completely mirrored room. Here, huge screen walls repeat themselves endlessly in the mirrored floors, ceilings, and walls. It was difficult to photograph as there was nowhere to hide. But the immersive feeling of standing in the room was incredible. It was one of my favorite aspects of this project.

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Post-Processing

Besides my typical exposure blending process and overall color corrections, one of the greatest tasks I had to undertake while post-processing the photos of LUMEN’s exterior was removing all of the unsightly objects outside. Blemishes, stickers, and equipment were taken out of the scene. Reconstructing the area in front of the windows was an extremely involved task, but necessary to depict the museum’s beauty.

The Art of the Mountain

The LUMEN Museum strives to showcase the art of the mountain, both through its photography exhibits and the architecture itself. The museum suspends visitors in the sky, looking out with sweeping views over the Dolomites. They can experience the grandeur that inspired the exhibit photographs themselves. The structure, and its contents, are truly a celebration of the joining of art and alpinism. It was simply a huge experience and a great pleasure to photograph the LUMEN Museum itself!

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Software

Canon EOS R

Canon TS-E 24 mm 1: 3,5 L II

Canon RF 24-105 mm F/4 L IS USM

Capture One 21, Adobe Photoshop CC

About the Shooting

Project: Modern Alpine Architecture
Style: Architectural Photography
Building: LUMEN Museum
Location: Obereggen, Südtirol, Italien

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