06/16/2012 09:53 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Timmelsjoch Experience / Werner Tscholl Architects

Originally published on ArchDaily


© Alexa Rainer

Architects: Werner Tscholl Architects
Location: Brenner Pass, Italy
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Alexa Rainer, Jürgen Eheim

The Timmelsjoch is the deepest, non-glaciated indentation in the main Alpine ridge between the Reschen Pass and the Brenner Pass.


Courtesy of Werner Tscholl Architects

A road, once a mule track, links the Passeiertal valley and the Ötztal valley. Over thousands of years, unique similarities between the two valleys evolved, triumphing over the natural boundary created by the mountains.

Since 2010 architectural sculptures located at several stopping places along the road, enlighten travellers about the natural surroundings, the history, the culture, the communities and the economy of the region.



All together there are 5 sculptures to be explored, two on the Austrian side called walkway and smuggler and two on the Italian side of the road named telescope and garnets. On the highest point of the pass one can find the pass museum. The concrete structure on the North Tyrolean side juts out like an erratic boulder into the South Tyrolean side, underlining the cross-border nature of the Timmelsjoch Experience. The “Ice Cave” inside the museum pays tribute to the pioneers of the High Alpine Road and their remarkable accomplishment.

Timmelsjoch Pass Museum