Burckhardt+Partner AG, with several branches in Switzerland, is a company that has taken a strategic approach to digitization from the start. "We thought about it some years ago already in company workshops and set our course for the future," reports Wolfgang Hardt, partner at Burckhardt+Partner AG. "Based on our decision in favor of digitization, we fundamentally rethought our business strategy, obtaining external advice and guidance."
This company is focusing on digital leadership as a means of achieving visibility and an associated unique selling proposition: "We want to be a step ahead of the market on the long term, to detect trends at an early stage and, ideally, to even have a determining influence on them." To this end, the company is networking more and more every day. Be it in virtual design and construction (VDC), digital fabrication, additive manufacturing, 3D data creation, or research and development in the realm of architecture, Burckhardt+Partner AG intends to be an important contact for all parties involved.
The company has taken various steps to realize this objective
First, appropriate 3D software was evaluated: with international customers in mind, it was decided that Revit would be used. The staff then had to be trained accordingly: "Due our large number of staff and trilingual orientation, we soon became aware that external training providers react too slowly and are difficult to deal with," explains Hardt. "So we arranged for selected employees to train to become Revit trainers themselves. They have continually provided internal training and support for our architects and design engineers ever since."
In addition, appropriate specialists (staff with Revit experience and BIM managers) were appointed at all branches and a Head of BIM took comprehensive overall responsibility for this field across the entire company. Subsequently, the first pilot projects were carried out at all branches, with a distinction made between "little BIM" and "big BIM".
Digitization as a driving force
Upon making the strategic decision in favor of digitization, Burckhardt+Partner AG also opted to purchase the Basel-based firm digitalwerkstatt, thus adding the domains of digital fabrication, additive manufacturing and 3D data creation to the company's capabilities. Now, the company uses state-of-the-art technologies: virtual reality, real-time rendering software and, in future, augmented reality and 3D laser scanning, so that ideas and plans can be assessed and represented virtually, and incorporated "as built", as documentation. "This also means that digitization intervenes in the construction site," says Hardt. Internal evaluations ensure that representations, workflows, templates etc. are comprehensively adhered to and meet the company's defined standards. "We have since recognized that digitization is a driving force behind many of our tasks and methods, and cannot be seen as merely an add-on," states Wolfgang Hardt, summing up the development.
Eventually, in order to accommodate this finding, the "digital LAB" was set up and has now become a separate, company-wide, cross-project department. As a pool for project-related digital services, the LAB interlinks VDC with digitalwerkstatt and other specialists, thus enabling research and development of digital work methods.
How has the office's reorientation paid off so far?
"Internally, we are noticing not only our staff's will and ambition, but also a more efficient, more professional, higher-quality approach and way of working, along with a positive atmosphere," reports Hardt. It is still questionable as to whether the massive initial investment will ever be recouped. "But that was never, and still isn't, the determining factor for us. We have recognized that digitization represents our future and has become an indispensible part of our daily routines, also in the construction industry. We also want to take on a decisive, even coordinative role between companies, research institutes and universities, between those involved professionally and the clients."
Putting innovation into practice
The example of Burckhardt+Partner AG shows that innovation requires a vision and a strategy. To implement these, it is sometimes not at all necessary to retrain every employee immediately – it is also possible to start by purchasing or recruiting know-how.
With effect from the beginning of the year, Samuel Schultze (left) and Wolfgang Hardt have been appointed Co-CEOs of the architectural office Burckhardt+Partner. This will ensure a smooth transition when Wolfgang Hardt takes over as CEO from May 2023.
The succession plan for Samuel Schultze, who is set to retire at the end of April 2023, is part of a comprehensive strategy and change process.
Wolfgang Hardt has been a member of company management and partner at Burckhardt+Partner since 2012 and has been responsible for international business development since 2019.
The new office building by Burckhardt+Partner at Ostermundigen railway station provides a new impetus for the urban development of the district.
The new building incorporates the character of its location on the former industrial site: The building reflects the heights of the neighboring buildings and the materials used create a reference to the surroundings.
With their design for a new multi-purpose teaching and research center in timber hybrid construction, Burckhardt+Partner won the restricted competition of the University of Bonn.
The four-story replacement building, with offices, seminar rooms and laboratories for around 180 staff and 750 students, will house various natural science institutes. These institutes will benefit from synergies among themselves by sharing the easily adaptable spaces for different purposes.
A central atrium provides a setting for students to meet and talk. The lecture hall and seminar rooms are located on the lower floors. The two upper floors accommodate laboratories, offices and staff common areas.
Burckhardt+Partner have renovated the Märthof building in Basel city center and transformed the former department store into an exclusive boutique hotel plus restaurant. During this conversion, distinctive elements from different eras were taken and translated into contemporary architecture.
By opening the building towards Marktplatz, the conversion simultaneously provided an impulse for the revitalization of the central square in the heart of the city.
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On the campus of the RhineMain University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden, Burckhardt+Partner are constructing a new Teaching and Learning Center with a lecture hall, seminar rooms, library and café. A work of art by artists Robert Barta and Stefanie Trojan will be realized in the atrium by the end of 2022. This art-in-architecture was chosen in the context of a competition.
“We are delighted that this art project will amplify our spatial concept and the importance of the atrium as a place of exchange and networking,” says Carsten Krafft, managing director of Burckhardt+Partner in Berlin.
The new building combines different kinds of student learning, and with its café and terrace provides an ideal setting for people to meet.
The Art Award Riehen 2021 was conferred on photographer Bianca Pedrina in the context of the “Regionale”.
Her work “City Dust” deals with an architectural element in both form and content: A highly magnified image of a façade shows deposits that have formed over time, presented as a sculpted, relief-like surface.
“With her work ‘City Dust’, Bianca Pedrina challenges perceptions and brings fresh inspiration to the medium of photography,” says Samuel Schultze, CEO of Burckhardt+Partner, about the presentation of the award.
The Art Award Riehen has been endowed annually by Burckhardt+Partner since the first edition in 2015.
Photos: Bianca Pedrina, Claude Gasser
Construction work on the "Hinterkirch" residential development has begun after obtaining permission to build.
On the former industrial site in Reinach/BL, 8 buildings with a total of 87 flats are being built.
With their different floor plans, they offer their residents a high quality of living, regardless at what stage and in what style of life they live.
This idea also finds expression in the open space design: a neighbourhood square as a community meeting place is planned, as are generous garden landscapes with idyllic retreats.
Learn more: Project Hinterkirch
The Hotel Metropole in Bern's old town is currently being renovated with the utmost care.
A new hotel concept for the city of Bern and an expanded restaurant are being realised.
With the original in mind, characteristic design elements of the building from 1880 are being restored on the façade and in the staircase.
A recent article provides insight into the ongoing transformation:
14 young people from 5th to 7th grade learned about the various professions at Burckhardt+Partner on today's National Future Day.
Among them were five participants of the project "Mädchen-planen-los!", which is aimed at giving girls an insight into professions where women are still underrepresented today.
Using the example of the "Hinterkirch" project in Reinach/BL, the young people learned about the various stages and job profiles related to architecture, from the initial sketch to marketing to the finished model and the visit to the construction site.
For the comprehensive renovation of its headquarters in Basel, the owner of the building, Coop, was awarded the Swiss Solar Prize 2021. As architects and general planners, Burckhardt+Partner were commissioned with the total refurbishment of the high-rise building in 2018.
The high-rise’s redesigned façade consists of a closed cavity system combined with photovoltaic elements in the parapet cladding. Besides an improved energy yield, the choice of photovoltaic modules also took aesthetic considerations into account.
The modules have a printed glass surface with a satin finish that lends them a uniform appearance. This was reflected in the jury’s report, which underscored the exemplary integration of the PV system into the façade, while also meeting high design standards.
With the refurbishment, the total energy requirement was reduced by over a third thanks to improvements to the building technology and building envelope, improved thermal insulation and the new ventilation system.
Burckhardt+Partner garnered a commendation for the design of the new building of the Ministry of Finance of North Rhine-Westphalia in Düsseldorf. The architectural office was one of 14 entrants invited to join the project competition. The new building is part of a redesign of Düsseldorf’s government district in line with urban-planning policy.
The design envisages a high-rise and an atrium building connected by a base building. Public-oriented uses in the base create a seamless transition between the interior and exterior spaces. Within the building, open spaces such as atriums and open staircases foster informal meetings and communication.
Both the high-rise and the atrium building follow a hybrid design in wood and concrete. This, plus the production of electricity by photovoltaic panels in the façade as well as on the roof, enables the design to meet the state government’s high sustainability requirements for this project.
The newly built extension by Burckhardt+Partner for the Offenburg police headquarters is now complete and has been handed over to the regional police headquarters by the Baden-Württemberg state government.
The new building houses the command and situation center, which will field emergency calls from all across the precinct and will be subject to heightened security requirements. Offices, an administrative area with central storage for criminal records and forensic laboratories were also added.
To enable short distances and optimum workflows, the new building is connected to the existing headquarters via a two-story walkway. The extension provides the necessary infrastructure for a greater concentration of police operations with over 300 staff at the headquarters.
In 1976, Burckhardt+Partner constructed a new headquarters for the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). The high-rise building near Basel main station with its distinctive shape and characteristic aluminum and glass façade still dominates the city skyline today. To mark the Bank’s 90th anniversary, the building will be open to the public from 26 October to 4 November.
The BIS exists to promote monetary and financial collaboration and serves as a bank and forum for central banks.
Visitors get the rare opportunity to see the building from the inside and take in the panoramic view from the 18th floor.
More information: www.bis90.org
After two-and-a-half years of construction, the opening of SKAN’s new headquarters in Allschwil, Baselland, took place and was attended by Cantonal Councilor Isaac Reber. The architects from Burckhardt+Partner designed and realized an identity-defining new building for the leading manufacturer of cleanroom isolators, in the Bachgraben area.
The steel support structure – an eye-catcher and defining design element – fulfills the requirement for a column-free production hall that can be directly accessed by trucks. Above the production hall are two floors with offices, a cafeteria and laboratories.
Burckhardt+Partner have transformed a former industrial site at Ostermundigen train station. Our office in Bern has developed the site into a services center with shopping facilities in collaboration with the real estate service provider HRS Real Estate AG.
The new build represents the start of urban densification and development for the town and sets a strong impulse for the transformation of the station area and the adjacent neighborhood.
The main tenant of the new office building is Touring Club Schweiz (TCS), which consolidates its various locations in German-speaking Switzerland at one central address.
Today, Wednesday, 29 September 2021, the TCS celebrated its new Swiss german headquarter with 600 workstations after a construction period of about one and a half years.
In the Hirzbrunnen district of Basel, we planned and constructed two new replacement buildings in sustainable wood-hybrid design for the Riburg housing cooperative. Built in rows, they blend in with the urban development typology of the neighborhood and have almost twice as much living space as before, thanks to intelligent densification.
Discover in the latest newsletter how our new builds achieve a high degree of usage flexibility through a modular concept and offer the best conditions for a well-mixed tenant base.
Burckhardt+Partner have been invited by the Swiss Embassy in Prague to speak at today's "Day of Swiss and Czech Architecture". The conference on the development of modern architecture in Switzerland is held in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Swiss and Czech Chamber of Commerce and in cooperation with the company Keramik Laufen.
Nicolas Vaucher, architect at Burckhardt+Partner and responsible for project design at the Lausanne and Geneva sites, explored in his lecture what characterizes the singularity of Swiss architecture and how it relates to its cultural context. «I am convinced that there is a strong relationship between the Swiss mentality and the forms of expression practiced, be it in design or architecture», Vaucher stated as one of his theses during the lecture.
Distinctive cultural aspects are a Protestant mentality and the early development of a Swiss understanding of quality. A well-established competition and association system in conjunction with a comprehensive understanding of the role of the architect are further significant and quality-promoting factors.
Concluding his lecture, Vaucher drew a link to the Swiss Embassy in Seoul: Burckhardt+Partner realized the new building under his leadership in 2019. Emphasis was placed on how the embassy confronts a local building tradition and refers to it. This and the integration into the urban context deliver a message of modesty, but at the same time divulge an idea of Swiss quality.
On the BaseLink site in Allschwil near Basel, an innovative life science cluster is currently developing with the first Swiss innovation park, the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, various research teams from the University of Basel and ETH Zurich as well as other international companies.
The basis for this development is the master plan designed by the architectural office Burckhardt+Partner for the roughly 75,000 m2 large site owned by the Bürgerspital Basel. The master plan pursues a holistic and sustainable development of the site. The energy supply via geothermal probes and the area’s accessibility have been designed in a holistic manner. A shared and central green space crosses the whole site, connecting the different areas and offering a high quality of space. With its guidelines, the master plan also enables the realization of a variety of building types and promotes at the same time the development of an identity-forming architectural appearance.
On the BaseLink site, innovative projects meet forward-looking architecture. An example of this is the "Hortus" project: A new built that restores in 30 years all the grey energy invested in its construction and then becomes a positive energy building.
The magazine Hochparterre devoted a recent article to the BaseLink site.
Read the article in Hochparterre (in German).
Visualization: Stauffer Rösch AG
The recent architecture book «working environments. spaces of productivity» presents buildings which, through their architecture and global design, enhance productivity and optimize workflows. Due to the optimal arrangement of the room uses and high flexibility, our production and office building for F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG is also featured in the publication.
The clear and uniform structure of the new Roche building in Kaiseraugst, in which the production and technical floors each form a unit, makes it possible to flexibly adapt the production facility and offers the best conditions for the complex pharmaceutical production processes of the company.
In addition to the production area, the building also includes office workplaces, meeting rooms and open communication areas. These are optimally connected to the production area through mutual insights and spatial proximity. The visibility and interconnection of the different areas enable short distances and efficient workflows.
With the completion and commissioning of the third floor, another milestone in the conversion and renovation of Thun Hospital was reached in mid-March 2021. Now the renovation is continuing with the private ward on the fourth and final floor and is on track for completion by the end of 2022. Burckhardt+Partner have been renovating ward block A, which consists of seven wards and an intensive care unit, since 2017. The continuous operation of the hospital is guaranteed throughout the five-year construction period.
The conversion will result in a substantial upgrading of the interior rooms. The design concept involving a different color scheme for the rooms and corridors on each floor helps patients and staff find their way around more easily. The careful choice of colors and materials creates a homey atmosphere that supports the patients’ recovery process. The quality of patients’ stay will be enhanced by the addition of single rooms for privately insured patients on the top floor and the reduction from four- to two-bed rooms for patients with statutory health insurance.
With the modernization of the complete building services and retrofitting measures for enhanced earthquake protection, the ward block will be brought up to the very latest standards, which will extend the service life of the building.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the new building of Aarau Cantonal Hospital took place yesterday, Thursday, 12 August 2021. With that, everything is in place for construction to go ahead. The “Dreiklang” project was developed by an architectural partnership of Burckhardt+Partner and wörner traxler richter and emerged as the winner of a two-stage overall-performance competition.
The special magazine "Werkplatz Spezial" from Hochparterre dedicates its latest edition to the topic of windows and façades. One of the articles presents the comprehensive technical renovation of the building envelope and the redesigned façade of the Coop headquarters in Basel, which Burckhardt+Partner refurbished, with their pioneering combination of photovoltaic and closed cavity elements in the parapet cladding.
The solution developed in cooperation with Aepli Metallbau – the first combination of its kind to be installed – covers around 10 percent of the building’s electricity requirements. The photovoltaic modules are hardly noticeable visually due to their special printed glass surface with a satin finish: "We invested a lot of effort to combine design requirements with technical and sustainable demands," explains Marco Husmann, overall project manager at Burckhardt+Partner.
Burckhardt+Partner planned the construction project for the new biomedicine building of the University of Basel. The planning application for the new research facility on the Schällemätteli Life Sciences Campus has now been submitted. Construction work is expected to begin in 2023, with the new building to be completed around five years later. In the new facility, the department's current five locations with a total of 70 research groups will be gathered under one roof. This will improve scientific and interdisciplinary exchange among the approximately 700 employees and 200 students.
Today tuesday, July 27, 2021, a media event was held at Basel's Märthof to mark the opening of the new homonymous hotel.
Burckhardt+Partner have completely renovated the historic Märthof building in Basel city center over the past year and a half and converted it into an exclusive boutique hotel. The architects were inspired by the vision of combining the mood of travel and a hotel stay in the 1920s with contemporary architectural design.
With the conversion of the building, most recently used as a department store, into a boutique hotel with a restaurant, Burckhardt+Partner have designed and created a vibrant urban building which will also fill the historic Marktplatz with life in the evenings.
Award-winning: The Swiss Embassy in Seoul is a contemporary interpretation of the Korean courtyard house combining Swiss and Korean building culture. Burckhardt+Partner was awarded the »best architects 22« label for the prestigious building.
The best architects award is presented annually to projects that impress the international jury of experts for their architectural and design qualities, spatial concept and functionality, also considering technical and creative aspects. The project in Seoul, based on the winning entry in an open competition, previously received the Grand Prize at the Korea Wood Design Award 2020 and the Korean Architecture Excellence Award in 2019.
Close to the Basel city center, Burckhardt+Partner have designed two new modern wooden buildings for the Basel Mission. Together with the Mission House from 1860, they form a harmonious ensemble that blends perfectly into the extensive gardens through the choice of materials, colors and placement. New uses enable the Basel Mission to sustainably complement and expand its hotel and seminar offerings.
Find out in the newsletter how the new buildings by Burckhardt+Partner are characterized by the interplay of nature and architecture and also open up sustainable new perspectives.
Burckhardt+Partner were selected by three architectural associations to participate in this year's Day of Architecture. The Berlin office will open its doors to interested visitors and provide insights into its work. Two live broadcasts will provide insights and create interesting interdisciplinary connections.
The Lonza manufacturing facility in Visp is playing a key role in the global production of Covid-19 vaccine doses. Burckhardt+Partner planned and built the new 370,000 m3 MC1 building, in which the active ingredient for the Corona vaccine is produced.
Find out more about production of the vaccine in the SRF News program
Photo: Lonza Ltd.
Burckhardt+Partner have performed a complete refurbishment of the Basel headquarters of Swiss retailer Coop. The work on the building, which dates back to the 1970s, has now been completed.
The architects have pulled off an impressive balancing act between preserving elements that lend to the character of the building, rendering modern technology visible and adopting a contemporary architectural idiom: Typical elements of the building, such as the external concrete columns, were retained, and new photovoltaic elements in the façade combine high design specifications with technology and sustainability requirements.
The refurbishment, which was carried out while the building remained operational, will extend the service life of the high-rise building by another 30 to 40 years.
Whether Designer Brand, Campus Life or Hard Core: Burckhardt+Partner find the bespoke solution with added value for all architectural challenges. An insight into the variety of projects worked on and realized in the past year can be found in the annual report "Facts" 2020.
In a surprising way, we also introduce those who, with their wide range of expertise, are behind this project diversity: Our employees.
Burckhardt+Partner were commended for their design for a new medical campus in Offenburg. The Ortenau Klinikum Association is planning a new central clinic with around 700 beds. For the project competition, 15 entries were selected from 28 submissions.
Collaborating with WTR Architekten and Topotek landscape architects, Burckhardt+Partner designed a free-standing clinic complex with a new green corridor resembling a landscaped park.
The new buildings for patient-oriented healthcare are divided by function into two main sections. All areas are optimally connected for operational purposes via the two-story base with its superstructures of varying heights. This arrangement results in an inherently compact floor space with a number of spacious inner courtyards.
Burckhardt+Partner are currently completely refurbishing the historic Märthof in the center of Basel: The architects vision for the redevelopment of the former department store into an exclusive boutique hotel will also breathe fresh life into Basel’s city center. The new outdoors area connects the building with the marketplace and, along with the restaurant and bar on Eisengasse, offers locals and hotel guests alike an ideal venue to meet up.
The refurbishment will be concluded this summer. The work on the unique façade is already largely complete: With due consideration for the historic building fabric and therefore in close consultation with the heritage conservation authorities, the façade has been refreshed and upgraded with targeted interventions. Generous new window openings at street level make it possible for the unique location on one of Basel’s most central squares to be experienced inside the building as well. A new, exclusive roof terrace will offer a unique view over the city.
On behalf of the Basel Mission, Burckhardt+Partner have created a residential structure and a new seminar building with a restaurant run by Hotel ODELYA. The two new buildings complete the facilities, forming a new and harmonious ensemble with the historic Mission House and the spacious gardens.
Through their materials, color and placement, the two new timber buildings integrate perfectly into the exceptional gardens, which have been carefully developed to create a space for active local life in the center of Basel.
The connection between nature and architecture is further pursued inside the buildings, where the timber cladding creates a play of light and shadow that is reminiscent of a gazebo, and establishes a link to the surrounding gardens.
The Österreicher Stadel (“Austrian Barn”) in Regensburg, which was converted into a museum depot by Burckhardt+Partner, will feature in the annual exhibition of the Berlin Chamber of Architects from 17 April 2021. Of the over 150 submitted projects reviewed by an independent panel of experts, 61 are on display in the exhibition “da! Architecture in and from Berlin”.
The heritage-protected 17th-century barn directly on the bank of the Danube was refurbished by Burckhardt+Partner and converted into a depot for the nearby House of Bavarian History museum, which opened in 2019. To meet the requirements of a modern museum depot, structural interventions were necessary along with energy upgrades and enhanced technical equipment.
A real-world visit is also possible:
17 April to 15 May 2021
stilwerk Berlin, Kantstrasse 17, 10623 Berlin | Admission free
Burckhardt+Partner have completed the new headquarters for the Selmoni Group in Münchenstein near Basel. The move to the new location in January also marked the beginning of a process of change within the electrical technology company: Selmoni has combined facilities previously housed at different locations in Basel’s historic center.
Read in the newsletter how our architecture promotes collaboration, why the central atrium is crucial to this and explore it in a virtual 360-degree view.
After many years of successful leadership, Donald Wunderlin will step down as managing director of AG für Planung und Überbauung at the end of March 2021.
Until his retirement in spring 2022 – after almost 40 years with the company in various functions – Donald Wunderlin will support the upcoming handover process and ensure the transfer of his extensive know-how.
The new managing director of our subsidiary is Daniel Keller, executive board member and head of project development at Burckhardt+Partner AG. The strategy will now be to bring about even closer collaboration between project development and AG für Planung und Überbauung, in order to specifically harness synergies in an integrated work process.
A man of great personal responsibility and loyalty with a huge breadth of entrepreneurial and technical knowledge, Donald Wunderlin has played a crucial role in building up our subsidiary and leading it to success: AG für Planung und Überbauung makes a significant contribution to the economic success of the company as a whole – with the realization of such impressive projects as Elco Park, Goldener Löwen, Holeegarten, Spitzenrain and Hübeli – and is therefore of key importance.
We would like to thank Donald Wunderlin for his creativity, his dedication and his entrepreneurial spirit. We wish Daniel Keller every success in his new position and in the further growth of our subsidiary.
On the outskirts of Basel, Burckhardt+Partner have built a residential home for 24 people with profound disabilities who require a high level of support. In a new publication, the Building Department of the Canton of Basel-Stadt presents the new building from 2019.
The residential home on Belforterstrasse is characterized by a generous, needs-oriented interior design that combines the necessity for comfort and privacy with the requirements of modern nursing. On each of the four floors, six people with disabilities live in a residential community. A function room on the ground floor provides a conducive setting for residents to meet up and chat.
The residential home serves as a conclusion to the meandering structure of the cooperative housing development Am Bachgraben, which was likewise planned and realized by Burckhardt+Partner. This makes the residential home an integral part of the whole complex: The semi-open courtyard and garden offer opportunities for contact between the residents of the residential home and the neighboring housing cooperative, which promotes integration and social mixing.
The city of Karlsruhe wishes to create a new route into the city from the south. As a result, the district south of the central railway station is undergoing extensive redevelopment.
A new high-rise building is to be constructed on the edge of the city center – within the new skyline of 70-meter-high towers – as a new landmark building. Burckhardt+Partner’s submission came in third place in the non-public competition with 16 participants.
The high-rise design with a base structure and sleek tower takes account of the heterogeneous surrounding urban environment and provides an attractive mix of usages which includes commercial space, offices, a hotel, serviced apartments and micro-apartments.
The Aalen police headquarters is responsible for the security of about one million inhabitants spread over eleven large districts and one hundred municipalities in the state of Baden-Württemberg. The new extension building planned and realized by Burckhardt+Partner has been taken into operation. At 10:33 a.m., the first emergency call was received.
The facade made of metal panels in various shades of black with different degrees of gloss gives the building an independent appearance in comparison with the immediately adjacent existing building, which Burckhardt+Partner are renovating until 2022.
Minister Thomas Strobl speaks of a "milestone for the future of the Aalen police headquarters."
Police President Reiner Möller is also highly satisfied with the new building: “We have now taken the important step of bringing together in one space the central command and operation staff. The new framework conditions allow for faster, more efficient and ultimately more professional processing of operations, especially in complex operations."
In Vernier, between the airport and the city center of Geneva, the new district Pointe du Bouchet has received the approval of the authorities and population. The building permit for the hotel and conference center is now in force. The construction request was approved last November and is now effective - with no objections received. The project is based on the district development plan, also designed by Burckhardt+Partner.
In addition to a 251-room hotel, the Pointe du Bouchet district will also include an office and commercial building. Such a development enhances the profile and attractiveness of the location. A public square in the center of the new urban district will provide a place for local residents to meet and mingle.
Burckhardt+Partner are redeveloping the property on Waisenhausplatz in Bern – in cooperation with the heritage conservation authorities – on behalf of PSP Swiss Property. Work on the historic building began in January. The listed corner building constructed in 1880 in Bern’s historic center is already being used as a hotel.
The redevelopment project paves the way for the creation of a hotel concept new to the city of Bern and for extended restaurant usage in a prime location.
Source of historical photograph: Burgerbibliothek Bern, Sammlung Hans-Ulrich Suter 712
Burckhardt+Partner, in collaboration with Halter AG, were ranked second in the general contractor competition to expand the Biopôle life sciences campus near Lausanne. The design for a new development providing laboratory and office space offers a high degree of flexibility in terms of interior fit-out. This means it can also be optimally adapted long-term to meet the needs of tenants and keep step with technical developments in the research environment.
The positioning of the various parts of the proposed building ensemble and its façade design, featuring ceramic strips, let it blend into the existing campus architecture. Open spaces between the buildings provide views of the surrounding landscape and the Alps, incorporating the local surroundings into the design.
Burckhardt+Partner are currently working on two new replacement buildings for the Riburg housing cooperative. The 59 apartments will be ready for tenants in the summer, and will be built using prefabricated wood-hybrid construction elements.
The new structures will be carefully integrated into the surrounding neighborhood, replacing the oldest buildings in the housing cooperative. The modular building style employed makes it possible to offer high-quality, affordable housing that is still cheaper than standard market prices.
The new buildings are also attractive in terms of sustainability: the materials used, as well as the borehole heat exchangers and the photovoltaic system, allow for more efficient energy use.
The project is the result of Burckhardt+Partner’s successful response to a call for proposals to renew the Riburg housing cooperative.
Burckhardt+Partner has completed the construction of the new headquarters of the Selmoni Group in Münchenstein near Basel. The electrical technology company moves into the new building on january 2021. Selmoni’s new building combines office, workshop and storage facilities previously housed at different locations in Basel’s historic centre at the new site of around 20,000 m2. The building’s architectural design fosters collaboration between the various departments.
Burckhardt+Partner utilised the advantages of digital tools for this project. All planning processes were coordinated digitally with the developer and the consultants using building information modelling (BIM).
In Ebikon, near Lucerne, Burckhardt+Partner have developed Schindler’s company premises into prestigious modern headquarters.
The centerpiece of the new campus is the Schindler City Center, where customers can experience the brand and product world of the globally active and leading manufacturer of elevators and escalators, showcased in a spacious and surprising manner.
The City of Zurich is planning to construct a new secondary school building in the quarter of Affoltern, consisting of 20 classrooms, a canteen, childcare facilities, a music school and a double sports hall. From 60 participants the project submitted by Burckhardt+Partner was ranked second in the public call for proposals launched for this endeavor.
The project stood out for its flexible use of space and ability to adapt the rooms to future teaching requirements, as well as for its pavilion architecture, which fits in well with its urban surroundings.
Burckhardt+Partner are planning and realizing the HSG Learning Center for the world’s leading business university in St. Gallen, in collaboration with the Japanese architectural office Sou Fujimoto. The shell of the innovative teaching and learning location is currently taking shape on the university grounds.
The light-flooded building with its 7,000 square meters of floor space consists of stacked cubes with open floor plans that support the innovative teaching and learning concept of the university. The heart of the building, the forum, extends up through the higher floors, with working areas arranged around it. These are flexible in size and function and, with their state-of-the-art infrastructure, offer a variety of zones for learning and interaction. The new place to think and work paves the way for innovative forms of learning in the digital age and will be a dominant feature on the University of St. Gallen campus.
For an initial impression of the HSG Learning Center, take a virtual tour of the construction site.
In the context of its long-standing partnership with the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE), Burckhardt+Partner offers highly educative internships for prospective architects.
The IAESTE association enables students with a technical background to gain professional experience abroad and to develop their professional and personal skills. The cultural insights gained during an exchange can make for a formative experience with long-term benefit to the student’s future career.
Burckhardt+Partner intends to continue their involvement next year as well, while looking forward to welcoming other talented students.
In the municipality of Suhr near Aarau, Burckhardt+Partner were commissioned by ETRA Immobilien AG to realise a new residential development with five apartment buildings. In a very central location in the middle of the village, a total of 85 generously proportioned, light apartments have been built, which by next summer will be surrounded by inviting green outdoor spaces. The owners and tenants of the newly completed residential complex will take up residence by the end of the year. Burckhardt+Partner were awarded the project after submitting the winning entry to the study competition.
Burckhardt+Partner has won the Grand Prize at the Korea Wood Design Award 2020 for the representative building in Seoul. With this, the ‘Swiss Hanok’ – our contemporary interpretation of the Korean courtyard house – has picked up another award.
How Burckhardt+Partner developed the traditional house further and brought it into line with the requirements of an embassy building is also explored by a special publication entitled ‘Schweizer Botschaften’ (Swiss embassies) by espazium. This features selected diplomatic representations from all over the world and presents the new building in Seoul in an interview with architect and project manager Nicolas Vaucher: “Our aim was to establish links between the two architectural cultures,” he explains.
More on the Swiss embassy in Seoul in espazium’s special issue
In the Ebikon district of Lucerne, Burckhardt+Partner have turned the historic Schindler site into a modern campus and created a representative head office for the global company.
The renovation of the management building and construction of the new Schindler City Center with exhibition spaces were based on the highest quality standards, sleek design and transparency. Devised to underscore the optimum brand image and showcase the product, the architectural design embodies the Schindler brand – quality, reliability, elegance and precision.Mehr erfahren
In Ostermundigen near Bern, Burckhardt+Partner are constructing a new office building on behalf of general contractor HRS Real Estate AG. It is scheduled for completion by mid-2021, and will offer around 650 workspaces as well as retail space on the ground floor. The shell of the building is already finished. With the move to the new building, the main tenant, Touring Club Switzerland (TCS), will be able to consolidate its various administrative locations in German-speaking Switzerland at one central address.
The materials chosen for the façade are inspired by the local context: the metal elements are in brown, bronze-like tones and evoke the railway tracks and the former industrial use of the site.
With the new building, Burckhardt+Partner are creating a quality solution for an area of long-abandoned industrial wasteland, which represents the beginning of the urban development of the town and will revitalize the area around the railway station.
The district plan developed by Burckhardt+Partner for the Bouchet quarter in Vernier, Canton Geneva, was approved by the Geneva State Council at the end of June 2020 and came into force at the beginning of September 2020.
The new district of Pointe du Bouchet, which is well connected between the airport and the city of Geneva, will be developed into a lively quarter with various uses: These include a hotel, offices and stores. A green public square is planned centrally, which will open up the quarter and also become a new meeting place for the residents of the neighboring districts.
The new premises of the Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens are taking shape in a prominent location between the Deutsches Theater Berlin, the private collection of contemporary art known as the Boros Bunker, and the campus of the Charité university hospital.
Following successful negotiations, Burckhardt+Partner were commissioned with the planning of the new Max Planck research unit in 2020: this involves adapting the use of the listed sections of the building and installing laboratories in the new extension. The founding and managing director of the institute, Professor Emmanuelle Charpentier, has been awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
We are pleased to be part of creating a new home for the science of pathogens in Berlin.
The latest issue of the architectural journal DETAIL is devoted to the conversion of industrial sites into liveable city neighborhoods. The publication makes special mention of the MFO-Park, an innovative recreational space in the dense urban area of Zurich Oerlikon. The park helps improve quality of life for people who live and work in the area, as well as meeting a range of social requirements. Some 20 years on, this Burckhardt+Partner project to transform an inner-city neighborhood has lost none of its pioneering character.
Burckhardt+Partner’s architectural office in Bern was founded on 1 October 1995. 25 years later, the team has grown to encompass more than 40 members of staff and completed approximately 500 projects all around Switzerland in virtually all fields of building construction.
Over the past 25 years, the architectural office has implemented a wide range of new buildings and conversions in numerous fields of business amidst strong competition. The best-known projects realised under the leadership of the Bern-based team include the Mall of Switzerland in Ebikon, Lucerne, and the construction of the Westside Shopping and Leisure Centre in Bern in cooperation with Daniel Libeskind.
DOM publishers (Books made by Architects) are publishing a new volume in their series of architectural guides: Schleswig-Holstein.
It is here, in Germany’s northernmost state, that Burckhardt+Partner are planning Kiel University of Applied Sciences’s new library and learning centre, which will be included in the freshly printed book before the cornerstone has even been laid.
The editor is Dieter-J. Mehlhorn, who worked for many years in architecture, city planning, teaching and research.
Carsten Krafft took over the management of Burckhardt+Partner’s Berlin branch in August. In an interview, he and Management Board member Wolfgang Hardt talk about the importance of the Berlin branch with regard to the company’s development.
Read more about new offices, convincing solutions and successful cooperation in the 108th issue of Agenda.
Burckhardt+Partner have been awarded the contract in the negotiation process to build a new multifunctional building on the university campus in Ludwigsburg, Germany. In addition to providing workplaces for students, the new building will feature new lecture halls, seminar rooms and offices for the Ludwigsburg University of Education and the University of Applied Sciences – Public Administration and Finance. The new compact, high-rise multifunctional building is the first building you see on approaching the campus and, with its visible presence in the cityscape, stands out as an urban landmark.
We are responding to the requirement for a sustainable building with an adaptable floor layout with the concept “Hard core – soft shell”. This highly flexible building is being planned as a wood-based hybrid construction. The solid internal core of reinforced concrete in combination with the basement floor forms the backbone of the structure. All necessary building components, such as ceilings, supports and wall panels, will be designed around this as timber constructions. The core of the infrastructure is surrounded by six open platforms running along the façade, allowing the available space to be flexibly adapted to any purpose.
Since it was submitted in spring 2019, the “Dreiklang” competition project put forward by the architectural partnership Burckhardt+Partner AG and wörner traxler richter schweiz gmbh has been successfully developed to where it is ready for implementation. Now the planning application for the new build of the Kantonsspital Aarau has also been submitted.
In close cooperation with various user groups from some 40 different clinics and functional areas, the new building has been further optimised with respect to ideal, lean operating processes.
The architectural idea of a large pavilion in the park with over 100,000m2 of floor space has been further refined by more precisely defining and developing the design of the façade.
On behalf of the canton of Vaud’s pension fund (CPEV) we are extending the Biopôle life science park with a new building. Construction works on the new office and laboratory building will begin in July.
The new building will provide optimal conditions for specialized life science companies on an area of 10,000m2.
The site of a former sports facility on the outskirts of Adliswil is to be redeveloped into a residential location. Burckhardt+Partner have won the competition to decide who will take on the project.
The urban planning concept for the residential development is marked by a clear building structure that integrates seamlessly into the neighbourhood around it. The fundamental design idea is a pattern consisting of three courtyards, each formed by three apartment buildings containing a total of 235 flats.
They are home to between three and three hundred eighty apartments, are cooperative and sustainable, but also personalised and exclusive: Burckhardt+Partner’s residential construction projects couldn’t be more diverse.
In the “Facts”, we’ll show you our apartment buildings from the past year in a new and surprising light.
As part of Architecture Day 2020 on 28 June 2020, the Berlin site opened the doors of its new offices to the public for the first time. A host of colleagues, experts, students, graduates and architecture fans of all ages took the opportunity to gain insights into the work of Burckhardt+Partner.
The company’s many and varied projects constituted the focus of the guided tours, with models on every scale being used to communicate architectural ideas and discuss locations and spaces.
Burckhardt+Partner has already made its mark on Swiss architecture in its early years. The online magazine Architektur Basel therefore devotes a multi-part series to Burckhardt+Partner's early buildings that were and still are characteristic of Basel and its region.Mehr erfahren
The Coop high-rise, headquarters of this major Swiss retailer, prominently marks the entrance to Basel’s Gundeldinger district by the railway yard.
Burckhardt+Partner are respectfully renovating this 1970s building, transforming a witness of times gone by into a modern office building: Inside, modern open-plan office environments are being installed. Outside, the new photovoltaic facade combines high technological aspirations with sustainable beauty.
Burckhardt+Partner will be represented twice on Architecture Day 2020, which will be celebrated throughout Germany: the Brandenburgische Architektenkammer (Brandenburg architectural association) is presenting the new extension to the Alfred Wegener Institute in Potsdam online, while the Architektenkammer Berlin (Berlin architectural association) has included the new offices of Burckhardt+Partner’s Berlin site in Moabit in its programme this year.Mehr erfahren
Carsten Krafft is set to become the new managing director of the Burckhardt+Partner AG Berlin site. Having studied architecture at Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus–Senftenberg, the 48-year-old worked for different offices both in Germany and abroad as well as acquiring experience in teaching. In his last position he was a member of the extended executive team of Hascher Jehle Architektur. Carsten Krafft is taking over the management of the Berlin site from Reiner Becker on 1 August 2020. Mr Becker sold his office to Burckhardt+Partner three and a half years ago.
The board of directors and the company management thank Reiner Becker for his valuable work in setting up and progressively strengthening the Berlin site. Reiner Becker successfully integrated the renowned office, with its special focus on scientific, research and university construction, into the Burckhardt+Partner Group and continuously expanded its portfolio of services.
As of 1 June 2020 Burckhardt+Partner AG is merging its two German subsidiaries – B+P Reiner Becker GmbH and Burckhardt+Partner GmbH – into Burckhardt+Partner GmbH. As in Switzerland, the sites in Berlin, Grenzach and Stuttgart also strive to find solutions for architectural tasks on various scales that are demanding in functional and design terms as well as technically complex.
The Berlin site is being strengthened further in Germany, and has now relocated to new, larger offices at Kaiserin-Augusta-Allee 14 in Moabit, Berlin, providing the basis for the next stage of its growth. The team in Berlin works across the whole of Germany, with a focus on scientific, research and university constructions, primarily for public building developers.
The April edition of Hochparterre reports on the opportunities presented by digital models in the transformation of the Solothurn industrial site Attisholz. As architects, we prepared an architectural vision of the Attisholz site together with Halter AG. From the very start, we used 3D models to simulate urbanistic spaces and to calculate cubature. According to Stephan Wedrich, Project Manager at Burckhardt+Partner and member of our Basel office's management team, this whole project is a pioneering one in the world of digital planning, due to its scale alone.
The 500,000 m² site is to be brought back to life by various uses. Here, pre-existing heritage-protected structures also play a key role, both economically and in terms of urban development. With the 3D model that we developed, different ideas and future plans can be visualized quickly and easily.
In Basel, we are realizing an office-cum-residential building, as well as a townhouse, after winning a competition. Here, by the end of 2020, we will have created attractive living space and 200 modern open-plan workplaces near the railway station and city center.
The office-cum-residential building encompasses a renovated corner building, which is extended by means of a new structure. The rhythmized concrete-frame facade is an eye-catcher that allows the pre-existing building and the new structure to appear as one unified body. On the upper floors, high-quality duplex apartments with open living areas and views over Basel are being installed. The park-like interior courtyard, adorned with deciduous trees, is to become a green retreat.
In addition to the main building with offices and living space, we are also realizing a stand-alone townhouse with seven apartments.
This new library-oriented learning center is a new feature on the Kiel University of Applied Sciences campus. It is centrally located, right by the natural harbor Kieler Förde, in Schleswig-Holstein's state capital. The new four-story square building will open in 2022.
All of the learning center's rooms are arranged around an atrium. Its open-plan design allows visual connections to be made across all four floors. Event rooms and a cafeteria are to be found on the first floor. The learning center itself, with work areas for students, is on the second floor, beneath the two library floors. The structure concludes with a roof terrace, offering a view over Kiel.
Above the extensively glazed first floor, the new building is clad in a metal facade. This establishes a link to the formerly industrial harbor setting. Up until 40 years ago, ships were built here, as what is now the university campus used to be Kiel's shipyard. Thus, the new library and learning center is not just a striking eye-catcher on the campus grounds, it also adds new momentum to the transformation of the Kiel harbor area.
We are planning and realizing the new teaching and learning center for the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences. With its simple and clear cubature, its volume, and its positioning at the south entrance, our competition-winning project provides a new urbanistic stimulus on the campus boulevard.
With the elongated construction's utilizable framework, the inner structure and division of space in the compact new four-story building achieve maximum flexibility and multifunctionality, which also makes it possible to react to future changes.
Here, in 2023, students from various disciplines will find excellent conditions for learning. This new building has a workshop-like nature and invites students to make use of various communication options.
Burckhardt+Partner has given a vacant school building in Baden a new lease of life: an imaginative conversion project has created 50 modern apartments in a central location. The building’s characteristic features have been preserved and creatively showcased: the supporting structure’s diagonal tie rods, for example, have become a new design feature in the apartments, while floor to ceiling windows convey a sense of urban living.
You can find more details about the conversion project in the Badener Tagblatt’s article:
Since 19 March 2020, the building trade regulator “Arbeitsmarktkontrolle für das Baugewerbe (AMKB)” has been working on behalf of the Canton of Basel-Landschaft’s Directorate of Economic and Health Affairs to ensure the relevant Covid-19 recommendations are being observed on construction sites throughout the canton.
This included checks on three Burckhardt+Partner construction sites: the new SKAN headquarters in the Bachgraben area, the new premises of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) on the BaseLink site and the new residential development Spitzenrain in Aesch. On all construction sites, the hygiene recommendations of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) are being implemented in an exemplary fashion. As of today, they are displaying the AMKB banner confirming that “This construction site is FOPH compliant”.
The measures to stem the spread of coronavirus include: ensuring people can wash their hands regularly; observing social distancing rules on the construction site, in break areas and during transport; and regularly cleaning and disinfecting personal tools.Mehr erfahren
For Borer Chemie AG, a technological leader when it comes to the production of cleaning and disinfection agents, we have realized new company headquarters in Zuchwil. This building is an architectural implementation of the brand’s slogan: “Borer advanced cleaning solutions”. It conveys high quality without looking expensive, and comes across as technically sound, but not chemically sterile.
We have won 1st prize in the planning competition for the City of Dortmund's new community college in Germany. The new complex for the community college is to be built near Dortmund Central Station and the U-Tower Center for Arts and Creativity. As described on the City of Dortmund website, the successful design is a solution "which, despite its simplicity, will constitute a sustainably prominent new location for its users and for the City of Dortmund, in both a functional sense and in terms of urban development."
Digitalisation, internationalisation and the increasing complexity of projects are changing the architecture sector and, as a result, the architect’s professional profile as well. In an interview with Architekturzeitung, Wolfgang Hardt from Burckhardt+Partner’s company management makes the case for taking an active, innovative and collaborative role in this transformation and exploiting what it has to offer. He also offers exciting insights into how Burckhardt+Partner is meeting these challenges with a comprehensive approach.
You can read the full interview at architekturzeitung.com.
Current challenges such as climate change and changes in population structure call for new solutions and ideas, including in the world of architecture. Delving into this topic, the JUNG Architecture Talk entitled “FUTURE. digital – modular – sustainable” took place in Weimar, Germany, on 4 February 2020.
At the event, Wolfgang Hardt from the company management highlighted how digitalisation is bringing about change in the architecture sector and beyond, discussed the opportunities it presents and revealed how Burckhardt+Partner is tackling the challenges it brings.
This year’s winter drinks reception took place on Tuesday, 25 February 2020 – a date that matched the anniversary being celebrated.
In keeping with the event’s location – the Pathé Westside cinema complex in Bern – the focus of the evening was film. Guests were taken on a sightseeing tour of architecture in cinematic history and got a bird’s eye view of some of Burckhardt+Partner Bern’s flagship projects. This was followed by a culinary journey through the food trends of the last 25 years.
You can find a selection of the best images from the evening in the photo gallery: Browse through the photo album.
Burckhardt+Partner is creating a new laboratory building for the Cantonal Hospital Aarau. The building shell is already complete: yesterday, on Thursday, 13 February 2020, the topping out ceremony was held after nine months of construction work.
The new building will house the Institute for Pathology and the Institute for Laboratory Medicine, which are currently spread over several buildings on the hospital campus.
The modern laboratory building features a modular design, allowing the floor plan to be flexibly adjusted as necessary, and accommodates workspace for 200 employees. The project is scheduled for completion in February 2021.
The project is part of works to renovate the entire hospital campus. Over the next few years, the new main building will also be constructed, a project that is also being carried out by Burckhardt+Partner, in collaboration by wörner traxler richter.
In the latest edition of the report Sector Review, Burckhardt+Partner is ranked 29th among the "Top 50 European Architectural Groups". Foster & Partners, gmp, Herzog & de Meuron, and Zaha Hadid Architects appear near the top of the list. Burckhardt+Partner has a similar ranking to HENN, OMA, and Heinle, Wischer und Partner.
To compile this annual ranking of companies, Innovationsföretagen (Federation of Swedish Innovation Companies) evaluates data on around 2,000 architectural and engineering offices from Sweden, the Nordic countries and Europe.
By creating Grosspeter Tower, Burckhardt+Partner gave Basel a new landmark. It is a continuation of this architectural office's work in Basel, which spans almost 70 years and has produced structures such as BIS Tower, the vivarium at Basel Zoo and the pavilion in St. Johanns Park. With their high architectural quality, these serve as key monuments to our era.
Built for the client PSP Swiss Property, Grosspeter Tower is Switzerland's first fully solarized high-rise, setting an example in terms of energy. It was first moved into in 2018, the year of its inauguration, and the last remaining areas of rental space are currently being fitted out.
Finally, a little book about this big building is now being released, as a result of close cooperation with publisher Dino Simonett from the Basel publishing house Simonett & Baer. Images selected from comprehensive photographic material by architectural photographer Adriano A. Biondo invite the reader to go on a tour in and around the building, with unexpected insights and views all the way from the underground car park to the roof.
Aargau Cantonal Council has approved the business plan on the financial viability of the “Dreiklang” (Triad) development project. The general contract between Aarau Cantonal Hospital (KSA) and the general contractor has now been signed on this basis, giving the KSA’s new development project the green light to proceed.
The “Dreiklang” project, submitted by the Burckhardt+Partner and wörner traxler richter consortium, won a multi-stage full-service competition in spring 2019. The new development will create highly efficient operational structures thanks to the short distances between sections of the building and the ideal integration of the individual departments.
Together with renowned Japanese architectural office Sou Fujimoto, we are planning and realising the HSG Learning Center for the University of St. Gallen. On an area of 7,000 square meters, a place for students to think and work will be built, enabling innovative forms of learning in the digital age. The building will significantly shape the future and appearance of the University of St. Gallen. The completion is scheduled for spring 2022.
Satuday, 18 january 2020, Sou Fujimoto was guest at Swissbau Basel. Together with Jan Wurm (Arup, Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Mike Schlaich (Schlaich Bergermann Partner, Stuttgart) he discussed new forms of collaboration an the relevance of an "error culture" under the keyword "CouraTecture".
Visualisation: Sou Fujiomoto Ateliers
The current issue of “Zukunft Bauen” profiles 30 innovation leaders and pioneer projects from the Swiss construction and real estate industry.
An interview with Oliver Schmid, Deputy CEO of Burckhardt+Partner, and Wolfgang Hardt from the company management, offers exciting insights on how Burckhardt+Partner are meeting the challenges of digitalisation, as well as on the significance of digitalisation for the architecture sector and how the architectural office of the future might look.
See what digitalisation in architecture looks like at the Swissbau trade fair from 14 to 18 January 2020: at the “Mensch und Maschine” stand, our fully digitally handled new building project for the electrical engineering company Selmoni can be experienced using Igloo Vision visualisation technology. Be sure to stop by at Hall 2, Stand F34.
Burckhardt+Partner’s growth was initially driven by buildings for chemical companies and banks. After 68 years, this architectural office is now a leader in Switzerland and operates internationally.
In this edition of Agenda, you can read about why Burckhardt+Partner is not only addressing transformation in the context of architectural issues, but has also curated exhibitions on this subject in Munich.
The Eawag Water Research Institute in Kastanienbaum near Lucerne is set to gain a brand new building. The purpose of the new construction is to improve operational processes on the entire site and create more space for offices and laboratories. “Nitella”, the entry by Burckhardt+Partner, was awarded second place.Mehr erfahren
A charming upper four-star hotel is coming to Basel city centre. The architectural office Burckhardt+Partner has been tasked with redeveloping the historic building. The vision behind the conversion will also breathe fresh life into one of Basel’s most central squares. The interior demolition work is already under way.
The management of Burckhardt+Partner has decided to discontinue the business operations of its subsidiary, digitalwerkstatt. Over the past eighteen months, it has not been possible to fully exploit the potential of digitalwerkstatt, which has met with too little interest in day-to-day project work.
digitalwerkstatt will still fulfil orders that have already been placed, but will not accept any new orders. The premises at Auf dem Wolf are being vacated.
digitalwerkstatt will remain a registered company. Its tasks and the digitalwerkstatt brand will be incorporated into the structures of Burckhardt+Partner by a pool of experts.
Claudio Kuenzler, managing director and founder of digitalwerkstatt, will continue to provide services in the field of digital production under a new name.
The management would like to thank Managing Director Claudio Kuenzler and his team at digitalwerkstatt for all their dedication and hard work and for the good business relationship we have enjoyed. We wish them all the best for their future careers.
Burckhardt+Partner was one of the six finalists at yesterday’s Prix SVC Nordschweiz and was presented with a diploma category award.
At the event held at the Congress Center Basel and attended by 1,200 guests, the prize jury highlighted the reasons for the nomination, in particular the company’s continuous and positive development over recent decades, its expertise in the digital sector and its outstanding customer service.
The prestigious SVC Prize business award is presented to SMEs for their entrepreneurial activities, innovation and sustainable securing of regional jobs and training places.
(Photographer: PPR / Manuel Lopez)
Burckhardt+Partner was presented with the Korean Architecture Excellence Award in the administrative buildings category for its construction of the new Swiss embassy in Seoul. The Swiss embassy, which opened in May 2019, is a contemporary take on the traditional Korean “Hanok” house that also meets the stringent requirements of an embassy building.
Together with renowned Japanese architectural office Sou Fujimoto, we are planning the HSG Learning Center. The groundbreaking ceremony for this new innovative place of teaching and learning at the University of St. Gallen took place at the start of November.
On an area of 7,000 square meters, a place for students to think and work will be built by spring 2022, enabling innovative forms of learning in the digital age. A building that will significantly shape the future and appearance of the University of St. Gallen. We are proud to incorporate our sound knowledge and contribute to the success of this unique University of St. Gallen project.
Visualisation: Sou Fujimoto Ateliers
Burckhardt+Partner has welcomed around 100 business partners to the opening of its new Geneva office in the artists' district Quartier des Bains. Live Italian cooking, good Genevan wine and rhythmic jazz music provided a stylish and atmospheric ambience. This made it very easy to hold stimulating conversations and to make new contacts.
Oliver Henninger from the company management team and Eric Proment, who heads the Geneva office, gave speeches that described how Burckhardt+Partner has been developing in Romandy since 2004. They also presented outstanding projects that the company's presence here has produced, such as the recently completed Swiss Embassy in Seoul. In the new, larger office rooms on Rue des Maraîchers, Burckhardt+Partner is taking the opportunity to continue establishing itself as a key partner in Romandy.
Burckhardt+Partner is one of the six finalists for the Swiss Venture Club (SVC) Prize Northern Switzerland 2019. The award ceremony – which will be attended by 1,200 guests – will be held on Thursday, 28 November 2019, at the Congress Center Basel.
The prestigious business award is presented to SMEs for their entrepreneurial activities, innovation and sustainable securing of regional jobs and training places.
As part of the event’s coverage, a business profile was published in the ‘Basler Zeitung’ newspaper.
Yesterday’s National Future Day saw 15 young people gain insights into the diverse world of architecture at Burckhardt+Partner. They asked intriguing questions and received comprehensive answers.
Over the course of the day, they had the opportunity to sketch their dream house, try their hand at a professional drawing programme and experience the implementation process on a construction site.
There are many different jobs available at Burckhardt+Partner, opening up opportunities in a future-oriented industry:
Burckhardt+Partner has planned a seminar building with a restaurant, along with a residential structure, for the Basel Mission. These two new structures join the mission building and spacious garden to form an ensemble that ensures further development of both the mission and the hotel on the long term. They successfully emphasize the leitmotif of diverse uses and activities, such as work, accommodation, community, education, recreation and faith.
At the press conference on November 14th, 2019, the Basel Mission informed journalists and clients about the new seminar building and the new appearance of the hotel, which is to be called ODELYA.
A new concert hall is set to be built in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius. The “Tautos Namai” – “the Home of Nation” – seeks to meet the highest standards in terms of architecture, acoustics, integration into its urban environment and public life. Around 240 architectural offices took part in the international competition, with Burckhardt + Partner's proposal ranking in the top 25.
The design features two rectangular event halls housed under a joint roof with copper tiles to form one single unit. The space between the two halls, which assimilates the topography of the surrounding environment, was designed as an extension of the park to create a kind of public space.
Burckhardt + Partner are creating the new headquarters for the Selmoni Group in Münchenstein, set to be completed by autumn 2020. The electrical engineering company is combining its offices, workshops and warehouses into one building.
An important milestone has now been reached – after almost a year of construction, the topping out ceremony was held on Tuesday, 15 October 2019, with numerous guests joining the celebrations. Throughout this project, Burckhardt + Partner has taken advantage of the benefits of digital tools. All planning processes with clients and consultants are being handled digitally using building information modelling (BIM).
Hochparterre presents 13 selected hospitals in its new special issue "Das gute Spital"/"The good hospital". Our project is also included: the Upper Valais medical center, which will reshape the Brig townscape with its striking high-rise. The bright, clearly laid-out foyer provides for intuitive orientation and connects all the hospital's functional areas. This makes it a point of identification and go-to place for patients, visitors and staff.
The Geneva office of Burckhardt+Partner will move into its new office in Geneva's art district 'Quartier des Bains' on Friday, 11 October 2019. The larger premises will allow a better structuring of offices, meeting rooms and cafeteria. With this relocation, Burckhardt+Partner Geneva is seizing the opportunity to further establish itself as a major and important partner in French-speaking Switzerland. The new offices not only represent growth, but are also an expression of new dynamism.
Visit us in Geneva on Rue des Maraîchers 8. We're looking forward to seeing you!
Burckhardt+Partner is transforming a former industrial site, right by Pratteln railway station, into a new place to live and work. In the coming decades, up to 2200 people will make it their home and 1300 will work there as employees. In this issue of Agenda, you can learn what the new district «Bredella» is all about.
On September 28th, 2019, Cantonal Councilor Christoph Brutschin and Cantonal Architect Beat Aeberhard will attend the inauguration of the new residential home on Belforterstrasse in Basel. This residential home, for 24 people who live with a severe physical disability or multiple disabilities and require a lot of assistance, can be visited from 1 to 4 pm. The residents will move into their new home over the days that follow.
The architecture by Burckhardt+Partner on Belforterstrasse meets the home residents' need for comfort and a private sphere, along with the requirements of modern nursing.
The exhibition TRANSFORMATIONS by Burckhardt+Partner at Architekturgalerie Munich's bunker converts the hermetic building with real and illusionist views, a bar, art installations and dark beds with mushrooms. In this inspiring and extraordinary environment we invite you on Monday, 7 October 2019, 8pm, to a relaxed evening talk about the values of cooperation, trust among business partners and architectural culture.Mehr erfahren
Anlässlich der OPEN art haben wir die Räume des Bunkers in der Münchner Altstadt künstlerisch transformiert. Eindrücke von der Eröffnung, der Performance des Schlagzeugers Adam Weisman sowie von den transformierten Räumen finden Sie hier.
Auf Voranmeldung ist der Bunker noch bis zum 2. November zugänglich. Terminanfragen an: email@example.com
Die Doppelausstellung «Transformationen» wird ab 26. September in der Architekturgalerie München fortgesetzt.
Weitere Informationen: www.burckhardtpartner.com/raumwandeln
From 13. to 15. September 2019, galleries in Munich will be attracting visitors to OPEN art with a varied programme. We are part of it, transforming a former bunker in the middle of Munich's old town: externally through an installation by the renowned artist Christoph Brech, internally into a Burckhardt+Partner-Lounge with photographs and projections of our projects. The ground floor will be transformed into an urban farming area by the ArchitekturKulturStiftung,inspired by the earth room by artist Walter de Maria from 1968.
An unusual and unexpected exhibition will be on show at the Architekturgalerie Munich between 26. September and 2. November 2019 under the heading #RAUMWANDELN. In three rooms we show projects from our 70-year history in different ways: in a mirrored room, in a video sculpture and with projection mapping.
For the first time we attend EXPO REAL, Europe's largest real estate fair, from 7. to 9. October. At the "Swiss Circle" we will be welcoming current and future customers for an exchange of ideas.
For further information visit: www.burckhardtpartner.com/raumwandeln
We can not only do architecture, but football as well! On Saturday, August 31st, 2019, the Burckhardt+Partner team won the «S AM CUP» by Halter – the renowned football tournament for the Swiss architecture scene. With skill, team spirit and sporting ambition, our side prevailed against 23 teams and lifted the trophy in the fantastic setting of Basel's Landhof Stadium.
The new Building D at private clinic Clienia Schlössli has been inaugurated. Both its homelike flair and the fact that it faces the park landscape facilitate patient recovery. An open spatial concept and ease of orientation also generate a pleasant atmosphere for relatives and staff.
In the current Agenda, we provide a brief introduction to our project.
The VIP event in Gundeli, as the chief editor of the newspaper Gundeldinger Zeitung put it, is over: Yesterday, we were able to welcome around 500 business partners to Dornacherstrasse in Basel. Carefully coordinated floral arrangements, exquisite nibbles and food stations from different continents provided a great setting for this networking event. This enjoyable atmosphere made it easy to establish new relationships and to freshen up long-standing ones with stimulating conversation. In his welcoming speech, Samuel Schultze put it in a nutshell: "The Sommerapéro is actually a communication platform."
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Three years ago, Burckhardt+Partner won the competition for the Riburg housing cooperative’s long-term modernization strategy. We are now carrying out the first phase of construction as project developer and architect. The groundbreaking ceremony took place in Basel’s Hirzbrunnen district on 26 June 2019. The attractive cooperative apartments, situated near the centre of Basel on Riburgstrasse, will be completed by the end of 2020.
The plan is to construct a total of 59 apartments in three-storey buildings with a modular, timber-framed style. The floor plans allow for a flexible use of space. The project will consist mainly of 4½- to 5½-room apartments ideally suited to families, but will also include 2½- to 3½-room apartments. The exterior spaces will be enhanced with an attractive open-space concept: the neighbourhood’s residents can look forward to spacious garden seating areas, balconies and animated courtyards.
The "Swiss hanok" in the middle of Seoul's densely populated high-rise neighborhood New Town catches the eye: Switzerland's new embassy building takes old Korean building culture into the future. In this edition of Agenda, our leading architects give the low-down on what a hanok is, what the Swiss version from Burckhardt+Partner looks like, and how one goes about building in South Korea when based in Switzerland.
In the coming decades, the new district "Bredella" is to be built right by Pratteln railway station for up to 2200 residents and around 1300 workers. On the site formerly occupied by Buss AG and Rohrbogen AG, Burckhardt+Partner is planning a groundbreaking urban development project for a new attractive place to live and work, in keeping with the times.
The ideas for transforming this industrial area into a modern district in central Pratteln redefine the locality: The interplay of various buildings with different possible uses produces a new urban space that is multifaceted in what it offers. Newly formed public open spaces provide a fixed structure for orientation of traffic flows, construction and infrastructure. In the course of the urban planning, which is based on the existing structures, two historical industrial halls are to be preserved and shall take on new significance, as buildings that create a sense of identity and have uses that serve the neighborhood.
The Swiss Embassy by Burckhardt+Partner in Seoul, South Korea, was opened on May 17th. The official inauguration was celebrated in the presence of high-ranking officials from Switzerland and South Korea, along with friends of the embassy. Our architectural office won the open competition for the new Swiss embassy building seven years ago. We are proud to have created an image of Switzerland abroad with this project.
The embassy building is a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Korean courtyard house, which has now almost disappeared from the city center. The embassy building serves as a symbol for integration and openness, for that which is native and that which is foreign, as well as for the urban space and the diplomatic space.
On the weekend of May 18th/19th, 2019, over 400 people visited the architectural office Burckhardt+Partner on Dornacherstrasse in Basel. Those who took part in the ten guided tours through the office included many professional colleagues, but also families, who seized the opportunity offered by Open House Basel for a shared weekend activity.Mehr erfahren
The new production and office building for F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG has been in operation since May. This building, planned by Burckhardt+Partner, is situated in a central location on the Roche campus in Kaiseraugst.
The facade is clear and homogeneous, while the building's interior is characterized by technical complexity – because this is where small-molecule medicines (pharmaceuticals containing low-molecular-weight substances) are prepared and commercialized under clean-room conditions.
Burckhardt+Partner has created a building with a flexible structure that allows production processes to be adjusted at any time. It confidently provides a representative introduction to the production buildings on the campus.
The University Hospital Basel (UHB) Health Campus is to see further construction. The UHB wishes to prepare itself optimally for future developments, so the hospital invited seven offices, including Burckhardt+Partner, to complete a study contract. Herzog & de Meuron won the competition.
Our design for the new Perimeter B structure aims to reinforce, extend and connect the campus's various open spaces on an urbanistic level in particular, but also to form an ensemble in a triad with the two neighboring towers. The homogeneous architectural expression causes the two sections (base and tower) of the new structure on the perimeter of the former town wall to merge.
B+P Reiner Becker GmbH, our Berlin office, has won 1st prize in the "Bartholomäusspital" realization competition commissioned by the town of Hollfeld in Germany.
The task was to plan the renovation, conversion and extension of a heritage-protected hospital building, constructed in 1464, along with its garden.
For our team, the challenge was to establish a strong link between the pre-existing building and the hospital garden. For this purpose, the garden is to be raised to the level of the building, so as to generate a ground-level transition with minimal intervention. A multifunctional pavilion in solid wood is to be built, creating an additional link to the pre-existing building by means of its materiality. Geothermal energy is to be used for operation of the hospital and new pavilion.
"It takes more than walls, roofs and books to educate a child – it takes a community." For Burckhardt+Partner, this African proverb provided the basic principle for the Benga Parish New Secondary School, and the motivation to take part in the competition. A settlement that represents development and growth. A village that embraces its residents. A community and a school that face each other and grow together. We are not just constructing a building, but an entire village.
Proceeding along these lines, Burckhardt+Partner designed this school in Benga, Malawi, and planned a complete little village for the children in this Southeast African country, one of the poorest in the world. This is an agglomeration of different uses, with all elements built in the same way: classrooms, dormitories and houses. They all arise from variations on, or combinations of, a single structural unit. A unit that incorporates and respects local tradition and circumstances.
The planned houses are made of locally manufactured clay bricks. Rainwater is collected in cisterns. Photovoltaic systems on the light metal roofs generate electricity. The ventilation functions in a simple and energy-efficient way: cool fresh air circulates through open windows, while the warm air flows out through the open roof structure.
500 architectural offices from 71 countries took part in this international competition. The competition project from architectural office Burckhardt+Partner was named among the 50 finalists!
The second "Open House Basel – Architecture for Everyone" will incorporate the Gundeldingen neighborhood more strongly. Burckhardt+Partner expanded and converted its headquarters here four years ago, and is now opening its doors for a weekend.
The new rooms on the first floor, with a fully glazed facade, make it possible to obtain insight into the architects' work. Here, the concrete structure of the former store premises was exposed, creating a workshop atmosphere. The upper floor presents itself quite differently: the extensions and the heightening of the roof terrace were realized in wood. New interior courtyards with fig trees and a library have a character-enhancing effect.
Open House Basel / Burckhardt+Partner, Dornacherstrasse 210
Sat/Sun, May 18th/19th, 10 am – 2 pm
As architects and shapers of our environment, we at Burckhardt+Partner have a special responsibility to contribute toward an intact world worth living in – for people alive today, as well as for future generations. This is why sustainable construction is an important aspect for our company, anchored within our policy.
In the "Fokus" supplement from the newspaper Tages-Anzeiger, read how Burckhardt+Partner has put sustainability into practice in three projects.
Our architects in Berlin, B+P Reiner Becker GmbH, have won the EU-wide competition for the new teaching and learning center at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden.
The jury praised the winning design, saying it presents a building that has a workshop-like nature and really invites students to communicate. The inner structure and division of space in this compact new four-story building with 3900m² of utilizable area offer very high flexibility. Here, students from various disciplines will find excellent conditions for learning.
The new teaching and learning center will enrich academia in Wiesbaden.
The multi-stage full-service competition's winning project was presented during today's press conference at Aarau Cantonal Hospital (KSA). The "Dreiklang" (Triad) project, submitted by the team from Burckhardt+Partner AG and wörner traxler richter, was named the winner by the KSA Board of Directors, confirming the competition jury's decision.
Dreiklang – three dimensions in harmony. The building is divided into three main sections: outpatient clinics, functional areas and inpatient wards. In turn, as the centerpiece of the building, a four-story boulevard flooded with light connects the various usage zones. Short routes for staff, patients and visitors guarantee functioning workflows. The enlarged and redesigned hospital park aids the healing process.
Along with the whole planning team, we look forward to continuing our work on this fascinating and multifaceted project.
Press release KSA
Article Aargauer Zeitung
Our Berlin office, B+P Reiner Becker GmbH, has been given the task of building an extension for the renowned Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics in Halle, Germany.
The institute, situated on Martin Luther University's Weinberg campus in Halle an der Saale, is to be redensified. For the institute's building, an extension structure is to be built, including physics-oriented and technical laboratory areas, experimentation areas with clean rooms, and offices. The research conducted at the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics provides new findings in complementary multidisciplinary research fields from the domains of solid state physics, material sciences, information technology, photonics and neurophysics.
We look forward to this complex and fascinating task, and congratulate the team!
The ground-breaking ceremony for the laboratory building to be newly built at Aarau Cantonal Hospital (KSA) was held on April 4th, 2019. In this new laboratory building, the Institute of Pathology, with its autopsy department, and the Institute of Laboratory Medicine will be brought under one roof, enabling improvement of operational processes and utilization of synergies.
The architectural office Burckhardt+Partner has planned a flexible-use laboratory building for around 200 staff, with a modular building structure that can promptly respond to future changes.
Completion of the KSA laboratory building is scheduled for 2021.
Press release KSA
This is what we are good at: together with our clients, we develop ideas and put them into practice.
The new SKAN headquarters are a prime example: Burckhardt+Partner guided the whole process, from the planning to the site evaluation, right through to the search for investors.
The tendering procedure for realization of the Department of Biomedicine's new replacement building is finished: The University of Basel is awarding us the contract to proceed with this work. We already realized the building's predecessor, the so-called Biozentrum, back in 1972. The University of Basel is convinced that we will successfully manage and implement this architecturally high-quality and technically complex project.
Tomorrow we are in Cannes, France, at the MIPIM - one of the biggest property fairs worldwide.
20,000 visitors are meeting up with architects, urban planners, finance institutes, estate agents and delegates of cities and regions from all over the world. Our Western Switzerland offices are present at region geneva's stand.
For what is now already the eleventh time, the Burckhardt+Partner Bern winter reception has been held on the premises of the Westside Bern Brünnen cinema. Oliver Schmid from the company management gave a presentation that guided the approximately 150 invited guests through national and international architectural projects from the impressive portfolio of all Burckhardt+Partner branches in Switzerland and Germany.
Digitization was the central theme, which served as a common thread throughout the event. Be it with an edible spread for appetizers from the 3D printer, or with two impressive speeches on digital fabrication, the interaction between digital technologies and traditional artisanry was successfully demonstrated. On the basis of the Pocket Park project, Claudio Künzler, CEO at the Burckhardt+Partner subsidiary digitalwerkstatt, explained the generative calculation of soil structure for the reshaping of the site in Kaiseraugst. In reference to practical examples, ETH Zurich researcher Matthias Bernhard illustrated how architecture today can be "programmed".
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Under the motto "Swiss architecture from 1920 to today", the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU) has set up an online architecture library. All students at the HSLU School of Architecture and Institute of Interior Architecture are involved in this academic project. The library is an image database and encyclopedia, which will constantly keep growing. At present, its focus is still on the region Central Switzerland: Burckhardt+Partner is represented by the Roche high-rise in Rotkreuz.
Link to the online architecture library
On Saturday, February 9th, 2019, from 10 am to 4 pm, the hospital Spital Thun is to hold an open day, enabling the general public to take a first look at the comprehensive renovation work that began last year. On the tour, visitors can now view the first in-patient ward, as well as the intensive care ward. These wards were installed as a wooden extension structure on the terrace of the pre-existing first floor. The other three floors are also to be converted while the facility is in operation, which poses a major organizational challenge. They are expected to be finished by 2022. The client, and Burckhardt+Partner as architects and hospital planners, will attend the open day in person and gladly answer any questions.
"Cooperative residential construction is about providing a platform for life – and is not an end in itself," says Andreas Herbster, Managing Director of Wohnstadt Basel. What constitutes a good platform?
In our Agenda 101, you can learn more about the new “Am Bachgraben” construction in an interview.
On Thursday, November 8th, our BIM experts will be speaking and answering questions at Congress Center Basel. They will provide insight into projects and explain their experiences with digital collaboration.
On the following day at 2:30 pm, our specialists Philipp Seer, Head of BIM, and Oana Bucerzan, Head of Digital Lab, will be giving a presentation called "From the Sketch to Digital Fabrication", to explain that, even in the age of digital transformation, the architectural concept is still the basis for good architecture.
One hour later, at 3:30 pm, the project team will report on everyday work in practice with new tools and options, taking the Upper Valais medical center in Brig as an example.
On October 24, a groundbreaking ceremony saw the start of the construction phase for SKAN AG’s new building in Allschwil, in the presence of prominent representatives from business and politics such as cantonal councilor Dr. Pegoraro.
SKAN AG is a market leader in cleanroom equipment and the construction of isolators for the pharmaceutical industry. Suva made an appearance as an investor in the construction project.
Four above-ground storeys will house fittings, the in-house SKAN Academy, a laboratory and office space. Construction is scheduled for completion in 2020.
Find out more about the project here.
According to our most recent customer survey, it seems that, even in the age of digital inundation, content counts and the haptic quality of a paper leaflet has not lost its appeal.
After 25 years, the quarterly insight into life at our company and into our projects is still one of the post popular elements of our communications. 99 agendas, 99 brief glances at the latest goings-on: in retrospect, they have become a diary covering 25 years in the history of our sector and company – a diary that we have browsed through for you, to celebrate the 100th issue.
Links Agenda 100
Digital Lab / digitalwerkstatt / Virtual Reality / digital fabrication
All these terms belong to the topic digitalization. Find the Interview with our member of the company management Wolfgang Hardt.
Virtual realities, one-to-one conversations and excellent catering made this year's summer apéro another successful event, despite the already autumnal temperatures.
Browse through the photo album here.
In Hamburg's HafenCity, preparatory work for an extraordinary project is getting underway: the German prototype of the so-called Hex House. Within eyeshot of the Elbe Philharmonic Hall, a structure that can provide living space very quickly and with simple means is being built for the refugee aid association Flüchtlingshilfe HafenCity e.V. The houses' concept and design come from the non-profit organization Architects for Society, which is registered in the US.
Our associate Stephan Wedrich is a member of this organization: «Thanks to active crowdfunding, material sponsoring and the support of many individuals, we managed to realize the first prototype for our project in the US, in September 2017. Just a year later, once again thanks to support from many parties, we are building prototype 3.0 here in Hamburg. This prototype's conceptual progression is particularly pleasing. This new generation is a modular timber frame construction, and the house can be assembled and disassembled with just one tool.»
Architects for Society
Oliver Henninger, who joined us over 10 years ago, has succeeded Philipp Brühlmeier as a member of the company management team as of July 1st, 2018. With over 20 years of professional experience in Switzerland and abroad, he has all the skills necessary to master his new tasks. The board of directors and the company management team look forward to working with Oliver Henninger and wish him a successful start!
Ten years after completion of the research building Biopôle III, we have been granted the privilege of realizing the northern section of the Biopôle campus. In this edition of Agenda, discover our project at the interface between city and countryside – at a location where the world of science and its players enter into an exchange.
We acquired the basel-based digitalwerkstatt GmbH at the beginning of June. This is part of a move to further expand our digital expertise and set new standards in digital planning and construction-related services. digitalwerkstatt is an interdisciplinary team of designers, material specialists and 3D printing experts founded by Claudio Kuenzler in 2010 to bridge the gap between creativity and industry. It offers services in digital design and digital fabrication with 3D printing, laser cutting, 3D industrial scans, design, architecture, advertising, research and medicine, physical models, prototypes, individual productions, small-batch productions and design objects. We look forward to collaborating on new projects!
On 6/19/2018, the Muttenz municipal assembly approved the new neighborhood planning provisions for the Hagnau/Schänzli area in their entirety. A clear majority of the voters in attendance (220 yes, 60 no, 12 abstentions) thus accepted the proposal, which is based on a cooperative planning process over several years. Alongside us as architects, the municipality, the site owners, the various communal and cantonal partners, and the local population were involved. This broad-based approach and the carefully coordinated solutions for the Hagnau West, Hagnau East and Schänzli sites convinced those attending the municipal assembly. The new neighborhood plan envisages six harmonized high-rises on the Hagnau sites, with a broad and dense mix of uses. The Schänzli site will remain undeveloped and is to be converted into a nature, leisure and recreation area beside a revitalized Birs River. We are now looking forward to the further development of the East site, commissioned by HRS Real Estate AG.
The participation in SIA Days with the International School of Berne was a success! We are delighted that interested visitors seized the opportunity to take a look at this private school`s new building on June 16th and 17th.
Represented by the client PSP Swiss Property, we have received the Faktor-5 Jury Prize, funded by Stokar+Partner AG.
For over ten years, sun21 has been awarding this prize as a way of honoring outstanding contributions to sustainable resource management and toward achieving the goals of the 2000-watt society.
For the extension of Bellikon Rehabilitation Clinic, the clients set three main objectives: to provide additional space, to develop a modern architectural solution, and to realize a building complex that is future-oriented in terms of technology and sustainability. You can learn more about it in the new Agenda.
The inauguration will be celebrated with an "open day" on Saturday, June 16th, 2018 – perhaps you will have a chance to attend.
On June 1st, with due ceremony, we said farewell to Peter Epting, previously Chairman of the Board of Directors, after an outstanding 50-year career at Burckhardt+Partner AG.
He was passionate about residential construction and helped it to flourish again at Burckhardt+Partner after a long period of stagnation. He also saw the potential of project development at an early stage and promoted it accordingly.
Today, project development is a key cornerstone of our success.
Thank you very much, Peter!
In Witikon, we are constructing 26 appartments in four compact buildings for the Vinzenz-Community.
The topping-out ceremony for the project that includes appartments for students was celebrated last friday, march 25.
The project is to be handed-over by the end of 2018.
We will have the pleasure of renovating Collège Rousseau in Geneva and increasing its height, as well as adding an approximately 40,000 m2 extension to the Biopôle campus in Epalinges.
Collège Rousseau is situated in the Genevan neighborhood of Petit Sacconex and was built in 1969 by architect Alain Ritter. Our added floor is more of a lengthening of the top floor: a new wooden structure with a facade of prefabricated concrete elements incorporates the existing facade's motifs. This new story is devoted to science, with laboratories and a multi-purpose room. A new cafeteria is to be created on the "bel étage" and connected to the courtyard; a new documentation center is to be installed on the basement floor. On all floors, the classrooms are to be rearranged and renovated.
In Epalinges, we will complete the Biopôle site together with general contractor HRS. The competition was held by the Canton of Vaud and Biopôle SA (for whom we already built a laboratory building on the same site in 2010).
The construction project is divided into four sections and encompasses the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research (LICR), the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) Center for Personalized Medicine and Immune Engineering, the Biopôle Research Center, and a parking garage with 525 parking spaces, as well as public functions, such as reception, children's day care center, restaurant, café and fitness center, which are to be accommodated in smaller "edicules".
The first Open House Basel was a resounding success and we were there with our project Grosspeter Tower.
Over 400 visitors took a look at this tower with its unique solar facade and enjoyed the view from the 22nd floor.
The SRF radio report from May 5th can be heard here.
Another prize for our Grosspeter Tower: we have secured 3rd place at thePrixforix facade awards.
We are delighted to have won the competition for the extension of Clinic Birshof in Münchenstein.
It is envisaged that the new building will encompass the in-patient wards and the expansion of surgical capacity, along with the associated diagnostic and gastronomy units.
Welcome to the “third place"! Shopping and entertainment in high-quality architectural surroundings as a recipe for success in a very competitive market? Learn more about the Mall of Switzerland, Switzerland's newest shopping and leisure center.
On February 22nd, the team at Burckhardt+Partner Bernewelcomed around 130 guests to the 10th Winterapéro at Cinémas Pathé Westside.After views of icy depths on routes otherwise only known to meltwater, as provided by Dominik Osswald's team of photographers, journalists and mountaineers, there was once again an opportunity for fascinating conversations, as well as personal impressions from the interior of Plaine Morte Glacier through the VR headset.
Browse through the photo album!
In a procedure conducted according to the German Public Procurement Ordinance (VgV), our Berlin office B+P Reiner Becker has been awarded the contract for "renovation and conversion of the cleanser building" on the site of the former Augsburg-Oberhausen gasworks. The gasworks' so-called "cleanser building" is to be transformed into a place of culture and music, providing rooms for non-professional musicians and visual artists.
To this end, comprehensive renovation and conversion work is necessary. We are delighted to have been given this fascinating task!
On February first, the "last beam" ceremony was held at our embassy construction site in Seoul. This typical Korean ritual was celebrated in the presence of numerous VIPs, including Switzerland's ambassador to South Korea. Much like the topping-out ceremonies common in our part of the world, where a tree is involved, the installation of the highest wooden beam marks the completion of the structural work and the transition to the fit-out phase.
In 2012, our Lausanne office won the open competition for the new Swiss embassy building in South Korea. The construction in Seoul will be completed during the course of this year.
We have been awarded the contract for the first section of the Riburg housing cooperative's new replacement buildings in Lesser Basel (Hirzbrunnen district). A total of 59 family-friendly apartments are to be built from 2019 onward, with 2 ½ to 5½ rooms each and attractive outdoor areas.
On Friday, January 26th, we celebrated the inauguration of NEONEON by Jahic/Roethlisberger with around 100 invited guests. The neon-installation is now displayed permanently on our Basel premises and can be seen during our office hours.
The photo album from the preview can be found here, further information in the brochure NEONEON.
On Friday 1/26, a special kind of event will take place in Burckhardt+Partner's Basel office: we are inaugurating the installation NEONEON by artist duo Jahic/Roethlisberger. This installation was created on site for our entrance zone. We look forward to raising our glasses to it, together with invited guests and the two artists themselves!
Jahic/Roethlisberger live and work in Basel. Alongside neon tubes, they work with lines, glass, synthetic resin and, frequently, with contingency.
On November 30th in Wiesbaden, the Academy of the Hessian Chamber of Architects and Urban Planners (AKH) hosted a series of lectures called "New Developments in Hospital Construction".
Wolfgang Hardt, Member of the Management Board, took part. As a speaker, he presented our expertise in the healthcare sector to an audience of interested professionals in his lecture "Innovative Hospital Construction – Quality as a Performance Guarantee". You will find more information on the series of lectures here:Tagungsreihe «Neue Entwicklungen im Krankenhausbau»
Three high-rise buildings shown on the front of Agenda 97 characterize Basel's skyline: Grosspeter Tower, which was only recently completed, BIS Tower from the 1970s, and the Lonza high-rise, built in 1962.
Around 40 years on from the new building for the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), we as the architects behind Grosspeter Tower are now responsible for another striking urban feature.
You can learn more about it in the new Agenda.
The Swiss Sustainable Building Council (SGNI) is to present the SGNI/DGNB certificate in gold to our project Flor in Uster!
The certificate will be handed over on January 17th at Swissbau 2018.
SGNI is a non-profit association with the goal of promoting the sustainability of real estate and the built environment in
Switzerland throughout the entire life cycle – in planning, construction, operation and utilization.
The Mall of Switzerland opens on 8th November 2017. It features approx. 65,000 square metres of retail, food and leisure space and is the second largest shopping center in Switzerland.
A key aim was to create a unique meeting place for the whole family with a catchment area spreading far further than just the region of central Switzerland.
Visitors can enjoy a high quality shopping experience enriched by a variety of fun food and leisure opportunities including the largest IMAX cinema in the country, a 12-screen multiplex cinema, a unique Kids Land based on Swiss themes and developed by leisure specialists The Leisure Way, the first indoor surfing wave in Switzerland and a gym & spa.
Another distinction for our Grosspeter Tower: In the competition for the Bavarian architectural award "Building-Integrated Solar Technology 2017", over 100 projects from 26 countries were submitted. Our project made it into the top 10!
Grosspeter Tower has won a Swiss Solar Prize in the category "New Buildings"! The surface of the tower's facade comprises 450 photovoltaic elements that serve to generate electricity for the building.
In Aesch, 14 rental apartments and commercial premises commissioned by the civic community, plus 22 owner-occupied apartments commissioned by our subsidiary AG für Planung und Überbauung, are being built on the Hübeli site. On Thursday, October 19th, 2017, the topping-out ceremony for the new housing development Hübeli was celebrated with numerous guests.
On 27 October the BIM-Camp 2017 will take place in the Maag Event Hall in Zurich. Our BIM-specialists will take part together with our partners from Losinger Marazzi AG.
At 5 p.m. they will report on their practical experiences with the benefits of 3D-modeling and information flows in the various stages of the project, using the Cery-project (new laboratory building) as an example.
The complete programme and registration details are given on this webpage: www.bimcamp.ch
In Gümligen, south of the city Berne, we had the opportunity to attend to a special task: a new building for the International School of Berne. In our latest issue of Agenda, you can find out how we met the specific requirements of this place of learning and work, which serves around 400 pupils from over 50 countries.
After just eleven months of construction work, the building shell of our new LSL building was ceremoniously completed today, 9/19/2017. This production building for F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG at the Kaiseraugst site is scheduled to be finished by the 1st quarter of 2019. The process of putting the "Late Stage Development and Small Molecules Launch Facility" (LSL) into operation will then begin. Low-molecular-weight substances will be developed and commercialized here later.
Fascinating conversations and excellent catering were enjoyed in our Basel office at this year's summer reception.
Take a look back on the evening by browsing through our photo album.
At the «Am Bachgraben» site on the edge of Basel, 68 cooperative apartments are being built.
The newly constructed 1-room and 4½-room apartments can be rented from December 1st, 2017, onward.
Situated near the open-air swimming facility Gartenbad Bachgraben, the spacious apartments offer magnificent views toward Jura, the Vosges Mountains or the Black Forest.
Andreas Mast and Philipp Seer explain how large and small projects alike profit from BIM – and the directions in which the construction industry could develop as digitization progresses. Read more in the Tages-Anzeiger supplement from 7/14/2017 (german only).
Staying on the ball and thus remaining attractive in a changing market means looking beyond boundaries – be they geographical or intellectual. At the same time, the local planning culture and the people behind the business are also to be kept in mind.
As of January 2017, Burckhardt+Partner AG has a new subsidiary: B+P Reiner Becker GmbH in Berlin. In the current Agenda, Samuel Schultze and Reiner Becker briefly take stock of the first six months of collaboration. We are pleased to share these experiences with you.
Grosspeter Tower is the subject of the latest issue of Tec21: "Fassaden - Hüllen mit Hintergrund" (Facades – Envelopes With Background). Shortly before completion of our project, author Clementine Hegner-van Rooden sheds light on what its special facade is all about, as well as on the productive cooperation behind the construction of this new landmark at the entrance to the city of Basel.
The special issue "FOCUS BIM & Infrastructures" sheds light on the development of BIM in the Swiss construction industry.
Author Thomas Pfefferlé asked us how day-to-day life with BIM is altering our work processes. Read the article in French here.
The topping-out ceremony for the newly built section of the Bellikon Rehabilitation Clinic was held on May 23rd. With its five upper floors, the new building harmoniously blends into the landscape, despite its size. In future, it will accommodate the therapy rooms, swimming pool and gymnasium, as well as the 18-bed hospital ward. It is to be handed over to the owners at the end of March 2018.
In Pratteln, there are two neighboring sites with enormous potential for development: the Buss site and the Wasa site, which are right beside the railway station and owned by Mr. Hermann Alexander Beyeler. In this newspaper article from 5/15/17, read about how we are helping him to realize his vision for Pratteln.
For the first time, we have won a competition together with our Berlin office! The Kiel University of Applied Sciences in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany's northernmost state, is to be enhanced with a new learning center. Before the takeover of our office B+P Reiner Becker, it had already successfully qualified for the process.
We have now been awarded the contract, which gets the collaboration with our new subsidiary off to a great start.
The foundation stone ceremony for the new "LSL" building on the Roche site in Kaiseraugst took place on Friday, 4/7/17. LSL stands for Late Stage Development and Small Molecules Launch Facility – a new production building for rapid development and commercialization of low-molecular substances. Here, substances will be processed into solid dosage forms (tablets and capsules) after completion of the building in 2019.
We were comissioned with the new hotel Radisson Blu in Geneva, situated strategically between the citycenter and the airport Geneva-Coitrin. The hotel offers 250 rooms, a ballroom, several state-of-the-art conference rooms, a restaurant with bar and lounge as well as a fitness and spa area.
Planning a project that is to be publicly accessible throughout day and night is not an everyday occurrence.
The new access zones at Zurich Airport are just such a project. The dynamic wing-like form of the 350-meter-long roof over the access zones conjures up a great many associations with, for instance, past holiday experiences, future journeys, farewells, reunions, or the fascination of flight.
Discover the access zones in the current agenda!
Together with Office Marco Serra, we renovated and converted the former monastery complex Abadía Retuerta near Valladolid, Spain. In cooperation with Diener & Diener Architekten, we also added a spa and wellness area to the 5-star hotel "Le Domaine" that opened there in 2011.
Recently, SpaFinder gave this spa and wellness area the "Best New Spa & Wellness Property" award.
We are delighted to have contributed to this fascinating project.
We are in Cannes, France, at the MIPIM - one of the biggest property fairs worldwide.
20,000 visitors are meeting up with architects, urban planners, finance institutes, estate agents and delegates of cities and regions from all over the world. Our Western Switzerland offices are present at region geneva's stand.
On 23. February, the Burckhardt+Partner Team Berne celebrated their traditional Winterapéro with about 100 guests in the Cinémas Pathé. After watching great impressions of the photographer Bernd Nicolaisen there was room for conversation.
Enjoy the photos of the evening!