Dream castles

It’s beautiful, but we can find very little about it.

What we do know is that it is the adaptive reuse of Schloss Rothschild, Umbau, Austria as a museum by the Viennese Pritzker Prize winning architect Hans Hollein (who has an excellent website with NO FLASH!) and it is due to be finished in 2007.

Hollein’s unbuilt 1990 project for a Salzburg Guggenheim inside a mountain

is one of the greatest lost buildings of the 20th century.

In 1989 the Mayor of Salzburg sponsored an architectural competition to develop a conceptual design for the Salzburg Museum Carolino Augusteum. Hans Hollein’s design for a museum to be built into – rather than on – the Mönchsberg mountain, was selected by the jury. Various controversies, however, soon brought the plan to a standstill.

The Mönchsberg is a large rock formation that is one of the principal features of the city of Salzburg.

The building would also have been partly an example of adaptive reuse.

The museum entrance hall would incorporate the Gothic hall of the Bürgerspital, an existing building on the edge of the mountain. Below ground the museum would take up 15,500 square meters of excavated space, including a labyrinth of galleries and museums covered with vast skylights.

The project eventually fell through but you get some sense of what might have been

from his 1995 Vulcania,

a vulcanology centre built within an extinct volcano at Saint-Ours-Les-Roches, Auvergne, France.

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