Beim Wasserschloss




Projektgesellschaft AGGLOlac


Biel-Nidau, Switzerland


Office, Commercial Space, Gastronomy, Housing, Hotel


300.000 sqm / GFA 130.000 sqm


Hosoya Schaefer Architects AG, Zürich


Competition with pre-qualification: 7th Rank

Landscape architect:

Robin Winogrond Landschaftsarchitekten, Zürich

Traffic planning:

IBV W. Hüsler AG, Zürich


WGG Schnetzer Puskas Ingenieure AG, Basel


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.




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Zürich office

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

Kyoto office

Jimukinoueda bldg. 602 21 Sakaimachi Gojo-Takakurakado Shimogyoku Kyoto Japan
T. +81 (0)75 744 1503