Architects Zechner & Zechner have won the Reisseck railway contest to construct an eco-friendly terminal high atop a mountain in Austria. The terminal will also be equipped with solar thermal collectors for self-sustaining energy production.
Emerging out of the landscape, the structure resembles a hooded snake with a gorgeous observation deck at its mouth and its curving body as its base.
Due to its location almost 7,500 feet above sea level, large portions of the innovative building will be prefabricated and moved up to the site. The “hood” of the terminal will feature a restaurant with wrap-around windows and a giant observation deck, which provides incredible panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and lush vegetation.
The sloping roof and deck are made from sustainable wood, and provide protection from wind and snow, while being unobtrusive to the view.
Zechner & Zechner will also install large banks of reflective glass on the exterior of the building to further highlight and reflect the views.
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