Obermoser arch-omo zt GmbH
Vector Foiltec’s Texlon® ETFE is redefining conventional Alpine construction with the application of a single foil membrane to the Grasjoch-Hochalpila Interchange Station. In a region renowned for its heavy snow loads (up to 380 kg/m²) and wind-peak speeds of 200 km/h, Vector Foiltec is setting the standard in single foil membrane technology.
Connecting the villages of St. Gallenkirch and Schruns in the Montafon Valley of the Austrian Alps, the interchange station forms the longest cable-car system in Europe, at an estimated 4,343 m. Designed by architectural office Obermoser, the L‑shaped, flat roof design of the station, unobtrusively blends into the surrounding landscape, offering a new approach to ecological and environmental developments at an altitude of up to 1.975 m a.s.l..
Comprising of 2,435 m² of transparent Texlon® ETFE foil, underwent extensive testing to determine the feasibility of single foil membrane technology in such a challenging environment. Affording permanent protection against all weather conditions, and offering spectacular views of the surrounding Vorarlberg slopes, the project’s success is a culmination of innovative design, the unique properties of Texlon® ETFE and Vector Foiltec’s 30 years of ‘solution-finding’ expertise.