Station Area Basel SBB


2018 - 2020


Bau- und Verkehrsdepartement Kanton Basel-Stadt


Basel, Switzerland


Strategic development of urban space at SBB Basel train station


ca. 85 ha


Planer selection procedure


Hosoya Schaefer Architects AG


KEEAS AG Raumkonzepte
IBV Hüsler AG



Urban Development Strategy – SBB Train Station Basel

As a basis for the further qualitative development of the city of Basel, it was crucial to align the requirements of the numerous upcoming architectural projects and urban plans with the increasing demand for infrastructural services in and around the train station. This was achieved by creating an integrated urban development strategy.

The Basel SBB railroad station as an important transit and arrival point is already reaching the limits of its capacity. The urban development strategy was triggered by a large-scale investment in the railroad infrastructure by the Swiss federal government. The most important projects are the “Herzstück” of Basel – an underground section between the SBB and the Badischer Bahnhof – and a series of measures to increase the operating capacity of the SBB station.

In addition, there are a number of other challenges that need to be addressed such as the large number of new construction projects, the high load on the public transport on the Centralbahnplatz and the surrounding area and the increase in the environmental impact due to extended periods of high temperatures.

The urban development strategy interprets urban space as one coherent system in which the Centralbahnplatz becomes an identity-building element of fundamental importance. It will be complemented by the new “Markthallenplatz” to be created between the Markthalle, the Elsässertor and the Margarethenbrücke to the north and the Meret Oppenheim-Platz to the south (which are important arrival points) and a series of connections to the city center and the neighboring quarters. Together, they will accommodate the growing flow of people. The newly created three-dimensional figure is to be designed, used, and experienced as the new face of the station. This resulted in proposals for several interventions and the reorganization around the urban space of the SBB station, which are elaborated in more detail in six in-depth studies.



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

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

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

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

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 –
Current phase: on hold

Office Renovation, Zug, 2020 –
Current phase: execution

House Renovation, Zug, 2020 –
Current phase: preliminary design

Wilhelmsburg Rowing Club, 2020 –
Current phase: preliminary design

Cooperative Housing, Wetzikon, 2020 –
Current phase: preliminary design

House Renovation, Geneva, 2021 –
Current phase: preliminary design

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

Urban Space Development Concept for SBB Basel Station, 2018 –
Current state: public consultation

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

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

Innovation Park Bergedorf, 2020 –
Current state: urban framework

Seetalstrasse Meierhöfli Emmen, 2020 –
Current state: test planning

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

Herrliberg-Feldmeilen station, 2020 –
Current state: study

Port City Riga, 2020 –
Current state: Urban design commission

Wankdorffeldstrasse, Bern, 2020 –
Current state: urban design study

St-Karli Brückenköpfe und Reussinsel, Luzern, 2020 –
Current state: urban design study

Campus Bochum, 2018 –
Current state: urban framework plan

Masterplan HB / Central 2050, Zurich, 2020 –
Current state: test planing (with Studio Vulkan)

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 / available on Lars Müller Publishers website and in bookstores.

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

Network strategy 2040 and
future public transport 2050, Zurich, 2020 –
Current state: ongoing (with IBV Hüsler)


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