« Watch your step on the AlpspiX Viewing Platform and take in the breathtaking panoramic scenery of the Zugspitz Region
Not for the faint hearted, the AlpspiX Viewing Platform was opened to rapturous applause on Sunday. The protruding structure is the brainchild of German architect Dieter Wallmann and provides an accessible viewing alternative to those unable to attempt the climb by foot. Hovering over the 1000m sheer drop below, the two steel beams cross one another in a quietly elegant embrace, ending in a sheet of clear protective glass.
Whilst the new viewing platform has been warmly received by many, Sunday’s opening ceremony was somewhat marred by the intrusion of an environmental activist, who likened the bridge to a ‘fast food experience’. Hanging himself from the end of the structure, Stefan Glowacz’s daring stunt raised the eternal question of when should man stop interfering with nature. Also attending the ribbon cutting was a host of classically German figures, including a lederhosen-clad band and several catholic priests, who blessed the bridge with the sign of the cross and holy water. »
(Source: World Architecture News)