The new Glass Mountain

Sian
05 Oct 2011

Tallest cliff face in Europe is backdrop for stunningly elegant restaurant complex


Reiulf Ramstad Architects has completed a breathtaking restaurant and information centre at the base of the Troll Wall - Europe’s tallest vertical, overhanging rock face - in The Romsdal Valley, Norway. Rising 3,600ft in a sheer mountainous peak, the raw landscape that surrounds the Trollwall Restuarant is subtly reflected in the building’s highly mirrored glass facades.

Also echoing the peaks and troughs on the horizon is the sharply undulating roof, which rises and falls in two acute arches, arching gracefully against the stunning backdrop. The wall panels that aren’t glass are formed of plastered chipboard and a concrete floor provides a simple if basic setting for the restaurant amenities.

Besides the restaurant facilities - which provide both three course dining and fast food opportunities - the complex offers a gift shop and film theatre, showing a short informative video on the history of the neighbouring Troll Wall. The Trollwall Restaurant is open June to September during the areas busiest season and will provide a base for many public events including music concerts and base jumping meetings.

Key Facts

Norway
Commercial Offices
Architecture

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