Area: 1180 m2
Location: Reisseck, Austria
Project status: Under construction
This project won the 1st prize on the international competition in 2011. Snøhetta was third.
Object will be built 2250 meters above sea level in Austrian Alps. The building will include a top terminal for the Reisseck incline railway, along with information and display areas.
The new top terminal has been interpreted as constructed landscape, which has developed naturally from the topography. The curving lower part of the station follows the contours of the surrounding landscape, and these are accentuated by their stone materiality. The roof encroaches on the building like a protective overhang of snow. Despite avoiding the vernacular architecture of alpine construction, this solution has produced a sensitive response to this unique location.
On the approach, the visitor is heralded by a sequence of different rooms. The ground floor, which is integrated into the slope and is closed to the outside world, is reminiscent of caves and tunnels.
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