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

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.




Station square and station roof in Herisau, Switzerland
Current phase: construction documents

Benninger Areal, housing and retail development
Current phase: preliminary design

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

Mobility Hub / parking facility with retail component, Zug
Current phase: preliminary design

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

Riedmatt Ebikon / housing, retail, ateliers
Current phase: framework plan

Qube Ebikon / housing, retail, offices
Current phase: framework plan

House Chile, innovative single family home in forrest setting
Current phase: building permit documents

Buchs Areal Fegeren, building for precision-industry
Current phase: study

House Kyoto, community living, Japan
Current phase: study

Lachen SZ Alpenblickstrasse / high-rise housing
Current phase: study

Urban Design

Bahnstadt Nürtingen, Nürtingen
Current state: masterplan and function plan

Neugasse Zürich, urban design concept with public participation
Current state: presentation of urban design concept

Dessauer Strasse, Wolfsburg
Current state: competition waiting for further commission

Herisau site development, Herisau
Current state: process support and test planning

Technologiecluster Zug Masterplan, Zug
Current state: urban framework plan and design concept

Masterplan Dierikon, Switzerland
Current state: masterplan waiting for further commission

HafenCity Elbbrückenquartier, Hamburg
Current state: masterplan and framework plan

Wilhelmsburg Elbinselquartier, Hamburg
Current state: masterplan, function plan and typology studies

National Innovation Park Switzerland, Hub Zurich
Current state: Study on mobility-infrastructure

Leica Areal
Current state: study completed, next phase in planning

Innovation- and production park Patton Barracks, Heidelberg
Current state: urban framework plan

Wil West, Kanton Thurgau
Current state: urban framework plan

Visp Sägematte, Valais
Current state: study

Urban framework plan for the city of Zug
Current state: recently completed

Urban System Research

SmartUse / Space, Growth and BigData
Current state: ongoing

Winterthur 2040
Current state: ongoing

Harvard University Graduate School of Design / The Industrious City
Current state: in preparation

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


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