Wil West


2011 -


ARP Thurgau, AREG St. Gallen, Regio Wil, Bronschhofen Münchwilen Sirnach Wil


Wil, Switzerland


Commercial Space, Offices, Housing, Train Station, Recreation Areas


90ha / GFA 310.000 sqm


Study with pre-qualification 2011: 1st Prize. Commissioned for further development


Hosoya Schaefer Architects AG, Zurich

Traffic Planning:

IBV W. Hüsler AG, Zürich

Landscape Architect:

Robin Winogrond Landschaftsarchitekten, Zürich

Economic Consulting:

Nüesch Development, Zürich


UrbanFarmers AG, Zürich


KEEAS Raumkonzepte, Zürich


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Together with a new highway exit and by-pass around Wil, a new development area for workplaces was to be defined. Yet, the surrounding region already has vacant commercial lots and outside the metropolitan regions, the demand for land is not high enough. This masterplan concept, therefore, proposed to re-position the area with a temporary use first and only then develop it in steps to achieve the final desired mix of functions.

An urban farm could serve as a transitional use. Such a project consists of greenhouses and fishtanks, involves low investment costs and generates returns quickly. With additional functions like a theme park, an interpretive center, a restaurant and a playground, it would create a visible identity for the site.

The affordable price of the land, the development potential, and the large, continuous plot of land in public hands (the Canton of St. Gallen) speak positively for the location. These assets will be best utilized by the current land-owner with transitional uses gradually upgrading the site. Infrastructure will only be constructed when necessary.

Planning will decouple the various requirements of the site and the infrastructure, therefore guaranteeing the largest possible freedom of action.

The urban layout developed during the study became the basis for the official masterplan currently being developed in collaboration with KEEAS, IBV, Robin Winogrond and the public hand.


The project in the press:

Kantone St. Gallen Und Thurgau Entwickeln Wil-West Gemeinsam.”
Neue Zürcher Zeitung.  30.08.2013

Das Lehrstück von Wil West.”
Neue Zürcher Zeitung.  21.08.2014




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Metalli, Zug, 2017 –
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Current state: design guidelines

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Current state: urban framework plan

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Current state: study with recommendation for further development

Areal Dübendorf, 2020 –
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Areal Oerlikon, 2020 –
Current state: study

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Current state: urban framework plan

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Current state: areal development

Innovation Park Bergedorf, 2020 –
Current state: urban framework

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Current state: test planning

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Current state: Urban design commission

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Current state: urban design study

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Current state: urban design study

Campus Bochum, 2018 –
Current state: urban framework plan

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The Industrious City – Book Publication, 2017 –
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Workplace Area Development, Winterthur, 2019 –
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