This crazy ‘Step into the Void’ installation is not for the faint of heart. Built on the uppermost terrace of Europe’s highest mountain peak, Aiguille du Midi, a glass cube offers the most amazing and thrilling view of the French Alps. Visitors can step onto the cube’s transparent floor and admire the magnificent mountain range from the height of 3,395 feet (1,035 meters). The brainchild of Pierre-Yves Chays, Into the Void, which opened just a few days ago, resembles the glass walkway overlooking the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
Although it may cause feelings of dizziness and even vertigo, the structure is perfectly safe: each of the 12mm thick glass panels is custom built to provide the highest level of safety and clarity. Three layers of glass bound together can withstand winds of more than 220 kmp/h and a maximum temperature of 60 degrees.
The attraction is operated by the Chamonix Mont Blanc (CMB), who installed a cable car that takes visitors on 20 minute ride to the lookout. In 2011 CMB started the project of rehabilitation of the location, and ‘Step into the Void’ is part of this venture. The entire project is estimated to cost 2.1 million Euros and will include a mountaineering museum and ice-cave.
Images from Chamonix