On the top terrace of the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak, high up in the French Alps, overlooking Chamonix, stands a five-sided glass structure named “Step into the Void.” Inspired by the Grand Canyon’s glass-skywalk, the Chamonix glass room takes things to an entirely new level – the Void!. Rather than looking over a railing, here guests stand 3,396 feet in a completely glass box, hanging over the valley below.
During Construction of “Step into the Void.”
Photography Compagnie du Mont-Blanc Chamonix
“Step into the Void” is made of three glass walls, a glass floor and glass ceiling panels, offering spectators the opportunity to manage, their vertigo and experience “space,” all while admiring the outrageous views from a rather dramatic perspective.
Chamonix ‘Step into the Void’ – architect’s design. Credit Compagnie du Mont-Blanc Chamonix
Safety is clearly of utmost importance. Each of the glass panels is custom built, 12mm thick, and consist of three layers of glass that have been bound together. According to creators, the structure can withstand winds of more than 220km/ h and a maximum temperature of 60° so a few humans hanging in the room aren’t too much stress on the structure.
Credit Compagnie du Mont-Blanc Chamonix
Designed by Pierre-Yves Chays, “Step into the Void” is reached by The Aiguille du Midi cable car. The summit of Aiguille du Midi is the closest point you get to Mont-Blanc without climbing it. The Aiguille du Midi is the starting point for the ascent of Mont-Blanc to the Three-Mont-Blanc Route and many other sports such as off piste skiing in the winter season, or hiking, and paragliding in the summer and autumn seasons.