Bruggerhorn Lakeside Beach Resort
St. Margrethen, Switzerland
The Bruggerhorn is a bathing lake with a view of the foothills of the Vorarlberg Alps. Since the middle of the twentieth century, it has been used as a public bathing spot. The Bruggerhorn was created as a quarry pond for gravel extraction and has historical significance as part of the old Rhine riverbed. In the dialogue between bathing culture and social function, the beach and the Bruggerhorn campsite are today an important part of urban culture in the municipality of St. Margrethen.
The concept for urban development and open space proposes separating access to the beach, restaurant and camping site. The visitor’s path to the beach is significantly enhanced, leading from the access road, past the cash desk area, the cloakroom wing, over the new terrace, directly to the sunbathing lawn. The gently sculpted access to the water includes a new south-facing footbridge. It provides safe access while offering a new quality of place through a terraced stair for sunbathing and a small beach for children.
Architect: Jens Brinkmann
Collaborators: Paula Dagmar Petrovic
Donald Jacob, Basel, Switzerland