It is now three years since the architectural competition to design it, with the team from Wimreiter & Krieger convincing the jury. Their design was inspired by Ischgl’s landscape. Once completed, the building will resemble a cloud caught up in the valley, according to the architects. More than 60 million euro has been set aside for the construction, the largest single investment ever made by the Silvrettabahn AG cable car company.
The project is designed, however, to stand out for more than just its architecture. “We are foregoing fossil fuels. Instead, we’re drilling geothermal probes into the earth,” says architect Thomas Kalman. The first ground has already been broken, but building will only begin in earnest in the spring. And then it will only take two more years for Ischgl to provide a sensational swimming experience.