Floating above the water, creating a sculptural reflection, Lake Rotsee Refuge by AFGH is a three-storey wooden structure designed to serve three weeks of watersport events held annually on this lake in Lucerne, Switzerland.
The finish tower and the future rowing center will form one architectural ensemble, perceivable by the mutual materialization, constructive and aesthetic themes.
The three-story prefabricated wooden structure is supported over a concrete foundation and staircase, tied back to the shore by a long timber dock. Due to its variable usage, the edifice was made to transform itself – much like the landscape – to ensure its own preservation and functionality at the necessary moments. Large operable shades slide and pivot to almost completely open the structure to the exterior and shade the interior. Treated OSB panels constitute the inside walls while the ceiling and floor are rendered in lighter-toned timber planks. The wholesome materials fit appropriately onto the site, forming a building that serves as a sculptural piece reflected on the lake’s surface.