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

Architecture

Herrliberg-Feldmeilen station, 2020 –
Current state: framework plan

Haus Myrte, Wädenswil, 2022 –
Current phase: tender

House Renovation, Geneva, 2021 –
Current phase: ongoing

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

Cooperative Housing, Wetzikon, 2020 –
Current phase: tender

Fabrik.sg, 2020 –
Current phase: Project phases design to operation

ZHA, Boulevard, Hönggerberg Campus, 2020 –
Current state: ongoing (with Studio Vulkan)

Wilhelmsburg Rowing Club, 2020 –
Current phase: execution planning

Primary School Christoph Merian, Basel, 2019 –
Current phase: construction project

Station Square and Roof, Herisau 2015 –
Current phase: tender

MEWA-Areal, Wädenswil, 2018 –
Transformation Project from the former industrial estate to the mixed-use development with housing
Current phase: framework plan

Viererfeld, Bern, 2018 –
Housing
Current phase: 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

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