At the base of lake Constance, Within the picturesque Rhine Delta Nature Conservation Zone of southwestern Austria, a radiant, transparent pavilion celebrates the completion of a small but distinctive marina in the town of Fussach. A two-level, multifunctional event facility-cum-boathouse dubbed Nordwesthaus, the 2,067-square-foot structure appears to float on the edge of the moorings. A virtual beacon in its peaceful environs, it casts a shimmery reflection on the waterscape, and according to architect Dietmar Eberle, Nordwesthaus “is already an attraction for architecture tourists.”
Nearly a decade in the making, the Hafen Rohner (Rohner Port) is the result of a three-phase rehabilitation process that began in 1999. At that time, the owner, Maria Rohner, collaborated with the nearby Lochau office of Eberle’s firm, Baumschlager Eberle, to devise a plan that would transform the site of her family’s recently dismantled lakeside aggregate business to a more suitable enterprise for the idyllic wetland setting. Phase One, a yacht harbor along with a dramatically cantilevered single-story office building for Rohner created by the architects [RECORD, October 2001, page 140], made design waves when it was completed in 2000. Phase Two, a radical redesign of the shoreline, followed in 2005. Nordwesthaus, which is the culmination of the project, was realized in July 2008.