There’s a new James Bond museum that’s been built into the side of a mountain in the Alps--just like an evil villain’s secret lair.
Most museums are pretty easy to get to. They're built right downtown in large cities with big public transportation systems. If you can’t just walk there yourself you can take a bus, or a train, or call up an Uber. They want people to come and experience culture and history and gain a sense of awe and wonder with the world.
This particular museum is a little different. It’s a museum built to honor one of the greatest action film series of all time: James Bond. And what better way to honor that most illustrious of British spies than to build a museum into the side of a mountain which served as the shooting locations for one of his films?
Built on top of Gaislachkogl Mountain you’ll find 007 Elements, a Bond museum that pays tribute to set designer Sir Ken Adams. The museum also has a ton of props, behind the scenes footage, and interactive displays for patrons to play with.
The outside aesthetic of Bond villain lair is continued throughout the 320,000 cubic foot structure. Entering the museum means walking down a stark concrete structure and then entering dim and darkly lit rooms where the displays are.
Accessing the museum means heading to Gaislachkogl ski resort in Sölden, Sweden, and then taking a cable car to the summit. The ski resort was the shooting location for several scenes in 2015’s Spectre, including the Ice-Q restaurant which played the Hoffler Klinik due to its futuristic architecture.
Austrian architect Johann Obermoser recently did an interview with Architectural Digest describing the incredible difficulties of building a museum into the side of a mountain. "The permafrost at this elevation, the geological fault lines, and the exposed location on the peak created huge challenges during the build,” said Obermoser. “Crew could not work there for more than a few weeks at a time, meaning we continually needed to rotate them.”
007 Elements opens to the public on July 12th.