Located at 2000m above sea level in Sankt Lorenzen Austria, the Eagle Mountain Top Restaurant by Viereck Architects is designed as a crystalline or rock-like form with the shape of the façade derived from the orientation and view from the site itself. Main elevations offer the most spectacular views into the landscape, with clear heights being close to six meters.
Large visible CLT beams define the restaurant space along with CLT ceiling slabs. The CLT beams are organized into a star formation, adding a dramatic ceiling feature. Triangular areas between beams are filled with perforated acoustic panels in timber, with ventilation and electrical systems concealed behind. Slender CLT columns lean inwards in two directions and are organized into a grid of 2 meters to define structural load as well as the façade.
The bar area features steel frames set within cascading timber panels. The 15m long counter is covered with backlit stone plates. These are also found along the walls of the main areas, carved out to reassemble the mountain range. The main seating area derives from the façade columns grid of 2 meters with custom made tables in oak and benches covered in black leather.
Birdlike pendant lamps, made of compressed felt, create the effect of a bird swarm flying through the building, a reference to the natural environment and wildlife that surrounds.
Moving outdoors, up to 200 people can be seated on a large outdoor terrace. The flooring comprises prefabricated, heated concrete plates to prevent ice build-up in harsh weather conditions. A railing of structure made stainless steel, with its infills of almost invisible stainless steel metal netting, preserve panoramic views of the mountain range.