The harbour is an independent element in the varied ensemble of Bregenz’s waterfront. Individual berths are tied together by a continuous “Tree veil” and the hard edge of the harbour. The design should reinforce the harbour’s identity and make the docked ships an integral part of Bregenz’s urban core. The centrepiece of the open square is a large roof canopy, under which all tourist facilities and a covered waiting area are accommodated. The freeform roof mediates between historic architecture and the pavilion archetype. A viewing tower acts as the dramatic culmination of the pier and as an icon visible from a great distance. From afar it serves as a symbol, while on the pier it offers a breath-taking view over Lake Constance as well as new perspectives on the harbour and inner city. The height of the platform was calculated based on the distance between the cities Bregenz and Constance at each end of the lake and the effect of earth curvature in between. On clear days, the cathedral in Constance can be seen. Oriented towards the setting sun, the seating terrace emerges smoothly out of the side of the pier and continues the calm, functional design language of the harbour.
Design Team: Andreas Cukrowicz, Anton Nachbaur-Sturm, Christian Schmölz, Emanuel Gugele with Rotzler Krebs Landscape Architects Zurich, Rolf Derrer Lighting Design and visualisation by raumgleiter gmbh, Zurich
Client: Seestadt Bregenz Besitz- und Verwaltungsgesellschaft.m.b.H.
Competition 2008, commendation