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On Tue 17 Dec, the glass room was revealed to the press: journalists and employees, wearing slippers to protect the glass floor, visited the 'Step into the Void' installation as they attend a press visit at the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak above Chamonix. The visit was a success, as everyone left in pure delight.

New Glass Room in French Alps Offers Amazingly Scary View
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The attraction was inspired by the Grand Canyon's Skywalk and was three years in the making. It was designed by Pierre-Yves Chays who custom built it "to the highest standards for safety and clarity." If you're brave enough to enter this glass cube, you'll of course be rewarded with one of the most breathtaking 360° views in all of the world - of the French, Swiss and Italian Alps.

New Glass Room in French Alps Offers Amazingly Scary View
Via: Chamonix


The “Step into the Void” is a glass room built around a metal frame. Three glass walls, floor and ceiling panels, allow visitors to control their vertigo and experience 1035 meters of space under their feet in total safety! Admire the views from a dramatic perspective! Anyone with vertigo can step in, assured.

New Glass Room in French Alps Offers Amazingly Scary View
Via: Chamonix

New Glass Room in French Alps Offers Amazingly Scary View
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Each of these glass panels is custom built to the highest standards for safety and clarity. The five glass panels (12mm thick) consist of three layers of glass binded together. The structure can withstand winds of more than 220km/ h and a maximum temperature of 60°.

The construction has been designed by Pierre-Yves Chays (watch the video below) and the work began on 19 September 2013. This type of installation is being used more and more frequently across Europe and the US. The “Step into the Void” was inspired by the "Skywalk", the huge glass walkway overlooking the Grand Canyon in the US state of Arizona.

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The“Step into the Void” is a tourist attraction owned and operated by the CMB. The “Step into the Void” is installed on the uppermost terrace of the Aiguille du Midi (3842m). It can be reached in almost 20 min by The Aiguille du Midi cable car. The summit of Aiguille du Midi (3842m) is the closest you can get to Mont-Blanc without a pair of crampons.

New Glass Room in French Alps Offers Amazingly Scary View

It 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/autumn seasons.

New Glass Room in French Alps Offers Amazingly Scary View

Source: My Modern Metropolis - Chamonix
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