In Ostermundigen near Bern, Burckhardt+Partner realized a new office building near the train station, which offers around 650 workspaces as well as retail space on the ground floor. With the move to the new building, the main tenant, Touring Club Switzerland (TCS), consolidates its various administrative locations in German-speaking Switzerland at one central address. Situated on a former industrial site, the new building represents an initial phase of urban densification and development for the town, it also opens up the possibility of transforming the area around the train station into a new district in the metropolitan area of Bern.
The architectural design features large shop-window fronts arranged on the semi-basement level, while the six floors above are grouped into two-story units.
The two top floors are set back from the outer walls on the west and south sides to make room for spacious terraces for the office employees. The two-story units underneath are broken up by a loggia and a balcony.
These green outdoor areas create pleasant spaces for the employees to use, as well as lending structure to the 30-meter-high, 100-meter-long building. The three double stories spanning the length of the building emphasize the horizontal aspect, which is visually broken up by the vertical pilaster strips.
The materials chosen for the façade are inspired by the local context: the metal elements are in bronze-like tones and evoke the railroad tracks and the former industrial use of the site. The glass between the pilaster strips is designed to reflect the surroundings, changing the building’s appearance as the light conditions vary.
HRS Real Estate AG
Period of time
2020 – 2021