A building like this cannot be imagined out of nowhere, it needs a history and a specific location that relates past and present into something new. For Feldkirch,the Montforthaus is the third congress building at the exact same spot. The original edifice called Tonhalle, a cinema and festival hall, was rebuilt into the first Montforthaus in the 1970s. Rooted deeply in the architectural style of the time, it was envisioned as a very self-contained and efficient structure. It was not until 2007 that plans for a new Montforthaus were finalised. Naturally, the new building needed to be up to date, modern and contemporary in all its components and themes.