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TOGGENBURG, SWITZERLAND, 26 June 2015 – The new station on the Chäserrugg - the easternmost peak of the seven Churfirsten Massif in eastern Switzerland - was officially inaugurated. The new structure in solid wood on a concrete foundation has been completed after only one summer and one winter of construction.

Ever since the cable car to the Chäserrugg went into operation in 1972, the restaurant on top of the mountain (7420 feet/ 2262 meter above sea level) had been provisionally located in the housing originally built for the construction workers. Now it has been torn down to make room for a new restaurant. The station, a pragmatic steel structure on a concrete foundation typical of the 1970s, has been left untouched and been clad in a different façade. The new mountain restaurant is placed perpendicular to the station, extending horizontally along the mountain panorama towards the south. A large roofed area connects the two structures and creates an outdoor arrival hall.

“We used wood in order to develop a language and materiality that suits the Toggenburg region, but without resorting to the usual Alpine clichés,” says Christine Binswanger, Senior Partner in charge. ”The project was executed by craftspeople from the valley. Because local companies were involved, those working on the project were committed heart and soul. It was possible to make sustainable use of resources.”

The restaurant is now open to the public.