Zaha Hadid's mountain project in Italy is a diamond in the rough, built within and jutting out six metres from a point in the Swiss Alps — and it's about to get a lot shinier. A finalist among the 343 projects from 58 countries across 32 categories, Zaha Hadid Architects' design of the Messner Mountain Museum Corones makes this year's shortlist of the World Architecture Festival in November. A museum by Italian mountaineer Reinhold Messner, it stands at 1,000 square metres above sea level, offering views of the Peitlerkofel mountain, Heiligkreuzkofel peak and Ortler and South Tyrol.

Zaha Hadid Messner

It all started from a bold vision by Messner: For a museum dedicated to mountain history submerged into the peak of Mount Kronplatz. Hadid then worked on the idea for visitors to descend within the mountain to explore its caverns and grottos and emerge through the mountain wall on the other side. If you love heights, you can perch yourself six metres from the mountains on its terrace, overhanging the valley.

Zaha Hadid Messner

As always, the late Hadid respected and complemented the museum's surroundings. Exteriors fashion the limestone peaks and dolomites with a glass-inforced fibre concrete, while its dark interiors remind of the anthracite found deep below the surface.

Zaha Hadid Messner

The World Architecture Festival 2016 will be held from 16 to 18 November 2016 in Berlin. For more information, click here.