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.



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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