Inselspital Bern




Amt für Grundstücke und Gebäude, Kanton Bern


Bern, Switzerland


Hospital, University, Congress


600.000 sqm


Hosoya Schaefer Architects AG, Zürich


Competition with pre-qualification

Hospital Consultant:

Edzard Schultz, Heinle Wischer und Partner, Berlin

Hospital operation:

Peter Berchtold, College M, Bern

Traffic Planning:

IBV W. Hüsler AG, Zurich

Energy and Environmental Consultant:

Gartenmann Engineering AG, Bern


Rendertaxi, Aachen

Masterplan Competition

This masterplan competition was organized by the department of real estate and buildings of canton Bern together with the hospital “Insel”. Hosoya Schaefer Architects were one of nine international offices that pre-qualified for the competition.

The proposal is based on the original organization of the area by the first hospital in the Kreuzmatt area in 1885. The clinical functions are concentrated in the central area and made accessible with short paths. The building volumes are organized in clearly readable rows that follow the rising terrain in terraces. These rows are connected with a strong perpendicular axis, which follows the original axis of the hospital complex. This organization results in a layering of building volumes from ambulant and clinical areas with addresses along the public space to the INO buildings with emergency, surgery and logistics. The new wards are located over an extensive treatment area in the clinical section (“diagnostic band”). This diagnostic band serves as a switch that allows for functional as well as central based organization forms. Because of this, the outpatient clinics are situated behind the operating rooms, intensive care unit, and emergency room.

Paths and exterior terraces are located between the rows of buildings, in front of which various public outdoor areas – individualized green spaces and plazas – are situated. Each of these outdoor spaces forms an ensemble with the historic buildings, which assume new social and identity-forming functions.

The research buildings marked by the research (light) tower to the north are arranged along Friedbühlstrasse. To the east, the new city hospital marks the entrance to the hospital grounds and serves as the first point of entry. To the west, the island park will be renovated to create a convention and education zone with high spatial and identitydefining quality. The education center mediates between the clinic, convention center, and city and functions as a hinge to make a variety of functional scenarios possible.




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


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