Project:

Beim Wasserschloss

Year:

2013

Client:

Projektgesellschaft AGGLOlac

Location:

Biel-Nidau, Switzerland

Program:

Office, Commercial Space, Gastronomy, Housing, Hotel

Area:

300.000 sqm / GFA 130.000 sqm

Architect:

Hosoya Schaefer Architects AG, Zürich

Commission:

Competition with pre-qualification: 7th Rank

Landscape architect:

Robin Winogrond Landschaftsarchitekten, Zürich

Traffic planning:

IBV W. Hüsler AG, Zürich

Structure:

WGG Schnetzer Puskas Ingenieure AG, Basel

Sustainability:

Thomas Bürki GmbH, Benglen

Spatial planning and Process:

KEEAS Raumkonzepte, Zürich

AGGLOlac Ideas Competition, Biel-Nidau, Switzerland

Until the implementation of the Jura Water Correction, the town of Nidau was actually a water city. The project takes up this historical identity and reinterprets it. The focus is on the continuity of the shoreline space, which stretches deeply into the Agglolac development area and thus creates an expanded lakeshore zone. At the same time, this zone achieves sufficient public space in the rear area of the Biel beach and presents a middle course between the feasibility study “Vision AGGLOlac” and the initiative “Publilac.”

The arrangement of space makes possible a built urban edge with a long lake front and many vistas as a second shoreline. In all aspects of the planning process, open space engages a central role – atmospherically, functionally, and spatially. It naturally extends to the castle as a central reference point and serves as a link between the city and lake. A new channel supports this gesture.

Promenades, water gardens and steps along the canal create a vibrant axis between the castle and lake. The moat around the castle will be restored insuring that the castle is again an active part of the lakeshore landscape.

Publications

Projects

Architecture

Station square and station roof in Herisau, Switzerland
Current state: preliminary design

Multi-family house in Binz, Switzerland
Current state: building permission

Interior design for an apartment in Park Tower, Zug
Recently completed

Innovative highrise on the countryside, Kanton Schwyz, Switzerland
Current state: concept

Parking garage with shop in Zug, Switzerland
Current state: preliminary design

Urban Design

Technologycluster Zug
Urban framework plan and design concept

Design concept for a site in Ebikon, Switzerland

Masterplan Industriestrasse Nord, Zug, Switzerland

Hafencity Elbbrückenquartier, Hamburg
Masterplan and urban framework plan

Wilhelmsburg Nord-Süd-Achse, Hamburg
Masterplan, urban framework plan and typology studies

National Innovation Park Switzerland, Hub Zurich
Development studies

Innovation- and production park Patton Barracks, Heidelberg
Urban framework plan

Omega-Quartier Solingen, Germany
Urban design concept

Wil West, Kanton Thurgau, Switzerland
Urban design concept

Urban design concept for a site in Uzwil, Switzerland

Urban design concept for a site in Kanton Schwyz, Switzerland

Urban design concept with public participation for a site in Zurich

Masterplan Dierikon, Switzerland

Urban System Research

Mobiglobe Autostadt Wolfsburg, Volkswagen, Germany
Mobility research

Strelka Institute, Moscow
Teaching: Advanced Urban Design

Development strategy for 3 communities in the Kanton St. Gallen, Switzerland

Contact

Zürich office

Flüelastrasse 10 8048 Zürich Switzerland (Google Maps)
T. +41 (0)43 243 6313 F. +41 (0)43 243 6315
office@hosoyaschaefer.com

Kyoto office

Jimukinoueda bldg. 602 21 Sakaimachi Gojo-Takakurakado Shimogyoku Kyoto Japan
T. +81 (0)75 744 5103
office@hosoyaschaefer.com