Highest glass cube opened its doors in Sölden

(12/17/2013) At over 3,000 m above sea level stands an impressive glass cube in the winter paradise in Sölden (Tyrol). In time for the main ski season, the Ice Q restaurant was opened at the beginning of December (12/05/2013) on the top of the Gaislochkogel Mountain. The modern, elegant design for the high-class restaurant is from the Innsbruck-based Architect Obermoser arch-omo.  

Thomas Lorenz ZT GmbH was responsible for the structural dimensioningof the glass façade, the detailed planning of the steel skeleton and the calculation of theaccess bridges. ‘On the glacier, we often get arctic temperatures down to -30° degrees, and hurricane-like wind speeds of up to 170 km/h. For this, the projecting terrace area has to support snow loads of approximately 700 kg/m2,‘ Gregor Schwarz, structural support planner at Thomas Lorenz ZT GmbH, said.

The cube has cantilevers on three sides, with one side having a length of eight metres making it almost as long as the width of the building itself. From the top gondola station, a covered steel bridge leads directly to the entrance of the restaurant, with a second steel bridge spanning from the roof terrace to the mountain summit.

Whoever is travelling to Sölden for the Christmas holidays should not miss out on visiting this! Thomas Lorenz and his team wish you a happy Christmas season and a great time skiing!