VIVA VIRGOLO

Snøhetta x ZOA Studio presents the New Face of Bolzano

South Tyrol region is famous for its medieval castles such as Castel Roncolo, Castel d’Appiano or Schloss Tirol but it is soon a millennium since these emblematic buildings were built and it was time to add a new, modern architectural masterpiece, representing the 21st century.

The prestigious development, Viva Virgolo, with its location being at 450m above sea level won’t just be a fancy selfie spot from where you can take breathtaking snapshots of the city of Bolzano and the surrounding mountains. It will also create a new cultural hub with a restaurant, shops, cafés, two concert halls and most importantly, a new natural history museum which will be the resting place for the famous Ötzi, a Tyrolean Iceman who lived in the area 5300 years ago and is known for having been naturally mummified under the ice for thousands of years.

The international design competition sparked interest all over the world from the most well-recognized architectural design firms and it was truly exciting to see how these concepts were competing against each other until one came out on top and was selected out to be the most suitable for Bolzano’s beloved locals. After this initial victory came the tedious and lengthy journey with its rises and falls during which we, hand in hand with Snøhetta were holding up the hope that this project could start to materialize at last.

The amazing Virgolo/Virgl mountain has been inaccessible for almost forty years, following the close of the city’s historic funicular in 1976, but it will all change as in the summer of 2026 a new cable car system will allow visitors to experience the beauty of the landscape and reach the inviting “Mountain Square” on the top with a 72-second ride.

Standing up there will leave no doubt that the mountainous Trentino-Alto Adige region bordering Austria and Switzerland features Italy’s most stunning topography.

The winning design proposal submitted by our long-term partner Snøhetta will serve as a wildland-urban interface strongly in sync with nature but also include a café, meeting rooms and provide new possibilities for exploration, recreation and relaxation for not just local inhabitants.

New possibilities for exploration

VIVA VIRGOLO

Snøhetta x ZOA Studio presents the New Face of Bolzano

South Tyrol region is famous for its medieval castles such as Castel Roncolo, Castel d’Appiano or Schloss Tirol but it is soon a millennium since these emblematic buildings were built and it was time to add a new, modern architectural masterpiece, representing the 21st century.

The prestigious development, Viva Virgolo, with its location being at 450m above sea level won’t just be a fancy selfie spot from where you can take breathtaking snapshots of the city of Bolzano and the surrounding mountains. It will also create a new cultural hub with a restaurant, shops, cafés, two concert halls and most importantly, a new natural history museum which will be the resting place for the famous Ötzi, a Tyrolean Iceman who lived in the area 5300 years ago and is known for having been naturally mummified under the ice for thousands of years.

The international design competition sparked interest all over the world from the most well-recognized architectural design firms and it was truly exciting to see how these concepts were competing against each other until one came out on top and was selected out to be the most suitable for Bolzano’s beloved locals. After this initial victory came the tedious and lengthy journey with its rises and falls during which we, hand in hand with Snøhetta were holding up the hope that this project could start to materialize at last.

The amazing Virgolo/Virgl mountain has been inaccessible for almost forty years, following the close of the city’s historic funicular in 1976, but it will all change as in the summer of 2026 a new cable car system will allow visitors to experience the beauty of the landscape and reach the inviting “Mountain Square” on the top with a 72-second ride.

Standing up there will leave no doubt that the mountainous Trentino-Alto Adige region bordering Austria and Switzerland features Italy’s most stunning topography.

The winning design proposal submitted by our long-term partner Snøhetta will serve as a wildland-urban interface strongly in sync with nature but also include a café, meeting rooms and provide new possibilities for exploration, recreation and relaxation for not just local inhabitants.

New possibilities for exploration

The amazing Virgolo/Virgl mountain has been inaccessible for almost forty years, following the close of the city’s historic funicular in 1976, but it will all change as in the summer of 2026 a new cable car system will allow visitors to experience the beauty of the landscape and reach the inviting “Mountain Square” on the top with a 72-second ride.

Standing up there will leave no doubt that the mountainous Trentino-Alto Adige region bordering Austria and Switzerland features Italy’s most stunning topography.

The winning design proposal submitted by our long-term partner Snøhetta will serve as a wildland-urban interface strongly in sync with nature but also include a café, meeting rooms and provide new possibilities for exploration, recreation and relaxation for not just local inhabitants.

New possibilities for exploration

VIVA VIRGOLO

Snøhetta x ZOA Studio presents the New Face of Bolzano

South Tyrol region is famous for its medieval castles such as Castel Roncolo, Castel d’Appiano or Schloss Tirol but it is soon a millennium since these emblematic buildings were built and it was time to add a new, modern architectural masterpiece, representing the 21st century.

The prestigious development, Viva Virgolo, with its location being at 450m above sea level won’t just be a fancy selfie spot from where you can take breathtaking snapshots of the city of Bolzano and the surrounding mountains. It will also create a new cultural hub with a restaurant, shops, cafés, two concert halls and most importantly, a new natural history museum which will be the resting place for the famous Ötzi, a Tyrolean Iceman who lived in the area 5300 years ago and is known for having been naturally mummified under the ice for thousands of years.

The international design competition sparked interest all over the world from the most well-recognized architectural design firms and it was truly exciting to see how these concepts were competing against each other until one came out on top and was selected out to be the most suitable for Bolzano’s beloved locals. After this initial victory came the tedious and lengthy journey with its rises and falls during which we, hand in hand with Snøhetta were holding up the hope that this project could start to materialize at last.