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Fortress of Franzenfeste

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Markus Scherer , Walter Dietl
location Fortezza
function monument, museum, renovation
contributed by Architektscherer

The lower level of the fortress was recovered for Manifesta 7 with an exhibition extending over surface area of ca 3600 m². Preservation of the buildings and the character of the fortress was paramount. Walled-off spaces were opened up and later additions removed. The size and extent of the complex cannot be fully grasped at first glance from the courtyard behind the main gate. The monolithic structures with small, regularly spaced window openings are on different levels around the compound, connected by ramps. The lowest are lapped by the dark waters of the adjacent artificial lake. New galvanised steel railings and staircases have improved safety. Two windowless concrete towers with lifts and staircases link the buildings. The surfaces and the material used interpret the historical building method anew: they are concreted blocks of irregular 30-70 cm size, with a fine layer of sand between each.

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Fortress of Franzenfeste
Piazza Municipio 2
Project is public!
Opening hours Tel (+39) 393 9348503. Sometimes exhibitions take place here, but every day there are guided tours.
How to get there? By car: Main road: From the center of the City of Fort continuing to the south in the direction of Brixen for about 2 km along the SS12 Motorway: A22-Bressanone exit-Take the SS12 road towards Fort-Sterzing for about 1 km. By train: Fort railway station is 15 minutes walk, accessible by bus or service taxi.
Completion 2- 2010
Floor area/size 3600 m2
Main designer, ArchitectMarkus Scherer
ArchitectWalter Dietl
Client Autonome Provinz Bozen
Project ID 8777
Latitude/Longitude 46°48'56N 11°32'33E
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