Wankdorf City II Bern
Wankdorf City II Bern

The de­vel­op­ment of public transport con­nec­tions for this project is exemplary. Ursula Wyss, Director for Civil En­gi­neer­ing, Transport and Urban Greenery

Wankdorf City II Bern
Wankdorf City II Bern

CLIENT
Losinger Marazzi SA/AG, Bern

COM­PLE­TION
2019

SIZE
38.000 sqm GFA

COL­LAB­O­RA­TION
GWJ AR­CHITEK­TUR, Bern

VI­SU­AL­I­SA­TIONS
Play-Time, Barcelona

Wankdorf City II Bern

With its rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of the usage mix ad­ver­tised for bids, ASTOC together with GWJ Ar­chitek­tur won the com­pe­ti­tion in 2015: Instead of stacking various types of apart­ments for very different target markets on top of each other in high-rises, all usages were otherwise dis­trib­uted in favour of high-quality, public space in response to the sur­round­ing area. Urban de­vel­op­ment in­ter­ven­tions such as an alleyway between a high-rise and student ac­com­mo­da­tion ensure a navigable en­vi­ron­ment. The student ac­com­mo­da­tion directed its gaze inwards through the use of patios with compact flats and high-quality communal areas in the nave of the building.

The high-rise takes on a key position as an example of a mixed, vertical city and a usage structure offering maximum flex­i­bil­i­ty. An external support structure enables the ground plans around the fixed de­vel­op­ment core to be freely ap­por­tioned. Hotel and high-rise were brought forward to establish the location as a sought-after address and with their met­ro­pol­i­tan sil­hou­ette, they represent a nod to Rosalia-Wenger-Platz at the station. Small-scale usages are thus inserted into the large-format projects of the master plan with urban planning sen­si­tiv­i­ty, while paying homage to the status quo.

The ensemble con­tain­ing com­mer­cial usages on the ground floors, is being created within an existing master plan which is marked by vo­lu­mi­nous office buildings with metal façades between motorway 1 and the railway lines. With the first res­i­den­tial usage im­ple­ment­ed in the district, the ensemble is playing a formative role in de­ter­min­ing the quality of future housing standards.

Wankdorf City II Bern
Wankdorf City II Bern