Cross laminated timber for the iconic IceQ

The IceQ restaurant took six months to construct. It is a hybrid structure consisting cross laminated timber (CLT) from Austrian manufacturer KLH for its floors. / Credit: Obermoser Architects

 

Text by KLH Massivholz GmbH

Sölden in Austria was recently made famous as one of the backdrops for SPECTRE 007, the latest James Bond movie released in November last year. Filming took place at the gondola station and the new IceQ Restaurant atop the Gaislachkogl—the number one ski mountain in the area.

What makes this place so special and why does it fit so perfectly into the incredible list of iconic locations in the world of James Bond?

The IceQ restaurant stuns with a modern glass facade which looks almost transparent and integrates perfectly into the surroundings of the Gaislachkogel more than 3048 metres above sea level. It is a hybrid structure consisting cross laminated timber (CLT) from Austrian manufacturer KLH for its floors.

Designed by Obermoser Architects, the restaurant took six months to construct and was opened in December 2013. It is directly connected to the Gaislachkogl mountain gondola. Besides a rooftop terrace that provides a remarkable panoramic view, the restaurant also features a suspension bridge leading to the Gaislachkogl peak.

The restaurant is run by manager Valentino Schwarz and head chef Patrick Schnedl who welcome guests to ultimate gourmet pleasures in a stylish atmosphere. The menu offers ‘fine alpine cuisine’ and accompanying wine specialties for real gourmands. Among the highlights is a special Pino 3000, a unique blend of grapes from three different vineries stored in barrels on the Gaislachkogl peak’s wine cellar.

One thing is certain: James Bond will certainly leave its mark on the IceQ, joining the impressive list of iconic 007 locations, and attract many visitors from around the world. 

 

This article first appeared in Panels & Furniture Asia Mar/Apr issue