Benninger Areal




Benninger Immobilien AG


Uzwil, Switzerland


Housing, Retail and Offices


31’000 sqm


Invited Competition, 1st Prize.


Hosoya Schaefer Architects AG

Planning Team Competition:

Müller Illien Landschaftsarchitekten
IBV Hüsler AG
hssp AG

Planning Team Project:

PR Landschaftsarchitektur
Nagel + Steiner GmbH
Nänny + Partner AG
Oekoplan AG
R+B Engineering AG
Baubüro Hollenstein
BGW Huber GmbH (Ausführungsplanung)


Peter Tillessen


Filippo Bolognese

Construction site webcam:


In 2015 Hosoya Schaefer Architects was asked to develop a masterplan for the inner city of Uzwil. Our masterplan proposal pointed out the importance of crossroads between Benninger street and Linden street as a new core zone in town. Due to its prime location and its mixed-use program, our design proposal, the Birkenhof, on-site can define a new local center for Uzwil and set the guidelines for the future conversion of the Benninger industrial area.

Our design proposal is arranged by three essential architectural volumes and landscapes responding to programmatic needs. The plinth contains the commercial public functions. It activates the surroundings with housing entrances, restaurant and shop windows, while its reduced height minimizes impacts to the neighborhood. The housing volumes are placed on top of the plinth alongside the large courtyard. This courtyard on top of the plinth functions as an outdoor living room including gardens, balconies, and communal areas. The six-story tower forms a notable contrast to the town hall along the Linden street. The flexible layout allows for a variety of spaces for a wide range of tenants such as a restaurant, fitness studio, offices, and housing.

Finally, the new piazza at the street level along Linden street will be an expansion to the town hall square and serve as entrances for the store and outdoor area for the restaurant. For that reason, the Birkenhof will bring shopping, gastronomy, and quality living together in one place.




Morgentalquartier, Wetzikon, 2020 –
Program: Housing
Current state: Phase 51 and 52, under construction

Haus Myrte, Wädenswil, 2022 –
Program: Transformation of historical building
Current state: Phases 51 and 52, under construction

Station Square and Roof, Herisau 2015 –
Program: Station square, station roof, bus roof
Current state: Phase 41, under construction (partially)

MEWA-Areal, Wädenswil, 2018 –
Program: Culture, Restaurant, Housing, Retail
Current state: Phase 31, preliminary design

Wilhelmsburg Rowing Clug, Wilhelmsburg (D), 2020 –
Program: Clubhouse, boat hall
Current state: Execution Pla

House A, Geneva, 2021 –
Program: Residential house
Current state: Renovation, ongoing

Primary School Christoph Merian, Basel, 2019 –
Program: School
Current state: ongoing

Herriberg-Feldmeilen station, 2020 –
Program: Retail, housing, bus yard
Current state: framework plan

Airport Engadin, St. Moritz, 2020 –
Current phase: construction project

Cooperative Housing, Wetzikon, 2020 –
Current phase: tender, 2020 –
Current phase: Project phases design to operation

Boulevard, ETHZ Hönggerberg Campus, 2020 –
Program: Campus Boulevard redesign (with Studio Vulkan)
Current state: ongoing

Viererfeld, Bern, 2018 –
Program: Housing
Current state: on hold

Urban Design

Bahnhof Romanshorn, 2022 –
Current state: study (with Sudio Vulkan)

Kaserne Aarau, 2022 –
Current state: urban framework

Areale Wittenbach, 2022 –
Current state: urban design commission

Stiftungsareal Neumünster, 2022 –
Current state: study

Kieler Schloss, 2022 –
Current state: Public think tank on usage and architecture

Campus Heidelberg, 2021 –
Current state: Masterplan process, in-depth studies

Otterbach Süd, 2020 –
Current state: urban framework plan

Innovation Park Bergedorf, 2020 –
Current state: urban framework

Station Area Dietikon, 2019 –
Current state: urban framework plan

Campus Bochum, 2018 –
Current state: project support

Metalli, Zug, 2017 –
Current state: project support

Bahnstadt Nürtingen, 2017 –
Current state: project support

Areal Neugasse Zürich, 2016 –
Current state: completion of master plan, public consultation

Elbinselquartier Wilhelmsburg, Hamburg, 2015 –
Current state: project support

Tech Cluster Zug, 2015 –
Current state: transformation plan

Station Herisau, 2013 –
Current state: areal development

KNZ Wil West, Thurgau / St. Gallen, 2011 –
Current state: project support

Urban System Research

Metaverse, 2022 –
Current state: ongoing

Entwicklungskonzept Würzenbach, 2022 –
Current state: ongoing

ESP Hochdorf, 2021 –
Current state: spatial-urban as well as use- and circular-based development concept

Deep Urbanism, 2021 –
Current state: ongoing

cividi gmbh – civic data intelligence, 2019 –
Digital tools for the analogue city
Current state: ongoing


Zürich office

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

CAREER: (Please refer to our OFFICE > CAREER section for further information)

Kyoto office

Jimukinoueda bldg. 603, 21 Sakaicho, Gojo-Takakurakado, Shimogyoku, Kyoto 600-8191, Japan
T. +81 75 744 1503