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Bregenz Seestadt

The city of Bregenz today has developed as a stark dichotomy: the dense, established urban fabric next to the vast, open setting of Lake Constance which lies before it. The proposed site for Lake City is a ribbon of land at the intersection of two of Bregenz’s most important thoroughfares, both of which have been developed only along one side. By claiming these open sides, and some land from the adjoining train station, the new buildings can contribute to the existing lakeside view of the city centre. The dominant urban concept is the continuation of the string of landmark, standalone buildings spanning from the Post Office, Art Gallery, Theatre and Vorarlberg Museum to the lakeside amphitheatre. Just like their forebears, Cukrowicz Nachbaur’s additions address the tension between the solitary character of each individual building and how they interrelate at an urban scale. The buildings and the carefully considered spacing between them together create the excitement of a closed city centre with a clearly defined inside and outside. In addition, this arrangement also creates a definite, while partly permeable, boundary between the city and the lake.
The thoughtful placement and finishes of the new volumes is not only a reference to the Bregenz convention of arranging buildings as a single long row intersected by multiple narrow axes, but rather elevates this rhythm of building mass and gap to be the central, place-making theme. The city-generating potential of compression-and-release permeates the depth of the plans – such as the open central atria contrasted against the dense use of the entire site – and lends the new architecture, despite its large scale, the necessary graininess to take its place in the city fabric of Bregenz.
Andreas Cukrowicz, Anton Nachbaur-Sturm, Martin Ladinger, Christian Schmölz, Martina Berlinger, Adolf Krischanitz, Sarah Miebach, Andreas Meili, Florian Riegler, Roger Riewe, Anna Pedziwiatr.
Client: Prisma
Competition: 2010