The tower is a functional building for international rowing regattas on the Rotsee, near Lucerne, during 3 weeks. The rest of the year the building remains closed and is an enigmatic house-like sculpture on the reflecting water surface. This metamorphosis taking place every year was the ambitious challenge in designing the finish tower.
An architectural manifestation for this prominently situated finish tower in the picturesque landscape is necessary in order to find the balance between the practical functional and the sculptural-aesthetic requirements.
The aesthetic impression of the tower is emphasized once the building is closed and the shutters are retracted. The large-sized sliding shutters give the facade a relief-like expression and let the tower appear plastic and house related.
By stacking the spacial units, the vertical volume achieves a point of reference on the wide horizontal plane of the Rotsee. The functional units OK-FISA, Jury-Timing and Event-Speaker are axially arranged with the finish line, one above the other. By subtle offsets of the three levels, the volume seems fragile and delicate, despite it?s considerable volume.
The three story high, prefabricated wood construction is carried by a pillared concrete platform above the water level.
In combination with the stairway on the rear, but no less prominent facade of the building, the concrete structure anchors the building close to the lakeshore.
The intrinsic, however abstract form has a strong recognition value, and therefore conveys identity for the rowing sport; illustrating the function of the building, the context related access of the tower and the stacked units.