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Brief Published: 22 Nov 2012

Cliff-Hanging Wine Museum, Switzerland


Swiss architectural practice Mauro Turin has unveiled a daring design for a wine museum on the western border of Switzerland in Lavaux, cantilevered over the edge of a cliff that flanks Lake Geneva.

The glass structure, which appears to protrude from the cliff’s depths, is supported solely by one side of the mountain and has no additional external bracing. It hovers above the 11th-century vineyards that surround the lake, as well as the lake itself.

The museum has been conceived as a physical celebration of the historical Lavaux wine region, and hopes to encourage a reversal in the falling numbers of tourists that have been visiting the region. It has been specifically designed to have as little impact as possible on its surroundings – largely due to the fact that the district of Lavaux is now a Unesco-protected world heritage site.

The architects have stated that the museum has been conceived to “offer a walk in the air, an unforgettable experience”.

The stunning concept was originally only a fictional project, but it was commissioned after being published in Swiss design magazine, Hochparterre.

Once completed, the museum itself will also be part of the world heritage site. The date of completion is yet to be confirmed. 

For more information on museum design, see Museum Design, Cultural Identities and New Museums: Learning from Experiential Museum Design.

For more information on the topic of dealing imaginatively with heritage architecture, see the report: Future-Classic: Contemporary Restoration. 

Mauro Turin


World Heritage Site