Nordspitze Basel




Christoph Merian Stiftung / Genossenschaft Migros Basel


Basel, Switzerland


Mixed Use (Housing, Offices, Retail, Education, Leisure)


180.000 sqm GFA


Invited Competition


Müller Illien Landschaftsarchitekten
IBV Hüsler AG
Grundbuch- und Vermessungsamt Fachstelle für Geoinformation, Kanton Basel-Stadt
Schnetzer Puskas Ingenieure AG

Orthophoto Credit: 

Grundbuch- und Vermessungsamt Fachstelle für Geoinformation, Kanton Basel-Stadt

Nordspitze, Basel: Competition Masterplan

In Fall 2017, Hosoya Schaefer Architects selected as one of 6 offices to take part in a masterplan competition for the Nordspitze area in Basel, Switzerland.

Our submission proposed a careful sequence of urban spaces, each with varying degrees of openness and intimacy. The dense mixed-use program was organized in clusters of high and low-rise buildings with outdoor spaces. We envisioned that the existing shopping center would be transformed into a green and lively neighborhood with a permeable urban typology connecting to the local residential district.

The consolidation of the urban fabric is achieved by a graded scale of public to private. A sequence of clearly defined public spaces acts as a transition to a new Dreispitz district with a town square, neighborhood square and courtyards. Porous urban space with short traverse distances work together with a clear hierarchy of addresses, from regional, to district, to local, to human scale.

Large, representative open spaces create identity and places of exchange. Small and differentiated open spaces offer niches and possibilities for interactions.



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