Project:

Herisau Station

Year:

2014

Client:

Municipality Herisau

Location:

Herisau, Switzerland

Program:

Station, station square, housing, offices, commercial, wholesale distributors

Area:

GFA 40'000 sqm

Commission:

Test planning with pre-qualification,
1st Prize. Commissioned for further development

collaborators

Robin Winogrond Landschaftsarchitekten
Halter Immobilien AG

Landscape architect:

Robin Winogrond Landschaftsarchitekten, Zürich

Strategy and Economy:

Halter Immobilien, Zürich

Area Development, Herisau, Switzerland

Arriving, departing, transferring, pausing – the train station plaza is an interface of the town and the region. It enables simple and clear transfer possibilities (fast zones), offers welcoming qualities (slow zones), and serves as the entry to the town. Herisau can take advantage of its unique opportunity not only to enhance the train station area, but also to utilize a holistic strategy that better ties the station to the village.

The area naturally divides itself into three long, drawn-out bands in the direction of the train tracks. The distinctive edges of the terrain in the south will be complimented by a backbone of buildings in the extension of the historic train station building and post office. Within this clear framework, the middle band offers a diverse sequence of spaces and uses.

The train station itself lies in the center. A large roof covers the fast zones and endows this fragmented spatial situation with identity. Squares to the sides offer places to linger. These will be spatially defined by a stand-alone building to the east and a “head-end” structure to the west with a base level at the height of the Bahnhofstrasse, which simplifies and clarifies the relationship between train station and town.

Step-by-step implementation is very flexible according to the possibilities and intentions of the owners and investors. First, the station plaza will be created as an infrastructure project. In order to frame the space, the stand-alone building should be realized early. Finally, the “head-end” building can be developed, so the entry to the town can be adapted. Over the long term, the garages on the Südostbahn (SOB) grounds can be replaced with a new row construction with a high point, which clarifies the entry to the area and the new situation around the traffic circle.

Projects

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Current phase: preliminary design

Airport Engadine, St. Moritz, 2020 –
Current phase: preliminary design

Mobility Hub, Zug, 2019 –
Future Parking Facility with retail component
Current phase: tender documentation

Station Square and Roof, Herisau 2015 –
Current phase: public vote

MEWA-Areal, Wädenswil, 2018 –
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Current phase: framework plan

Viererfeld, Bern, 2018 –
Housing
Current phase: on hold

Office Renovation, Zug, 2020 –
Current phase: execution

House Renovation, Zug, 2020 –
Current phase: study

Urban Design

Salina Raurica / Salinenhofquartier, Pratteln, 2018 –
Current state: urban framework plan

Metalli, Zug, 2017 –
Current state: urban framework plan

Tech Cluster Zug, 2015 –
Current state: transformation plan

Elbinselquartier Wilhelmsburg, Hamburg, 2015 –
Current state: design guidelines

Bahnstadt Nürtingen, 2017 –
Current state: design manual

KNZ Wil West, Thurgau / St. Gallen, 2011 –
Current state: urban framework plan

Bell-Areal, Kriens, 2020 –
Current state: competition

Station Area Dietikon, 2019 –
Current state: study with recommendation for further development

Areal Dübendorf, 2020 –
Current state: study

Areal Oerlikon, 2020 –
Current state: study

Areal Dierikon, 2015 –
Current state: urban framework plan

Station Herisau, 2013 –
Current state: areal development

Urban System Research

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

The Industrious City – Book Publication, 2017 –
(Lars Müller Publishers)
Published in fall 2020

Workplace Area Development, Winterthur, 2019 –
Current state: ongoing

Network strategy 2040 and
future public transport 2050, Zurich
Current state: ongoing (with IBV Hüsler)

Contact

Zürich office

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Kyoto office

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