Renovation of historical structures

Redevelopment and Restoration of Hotel Metropole, Bern

The historic corner building on Waisenhausplatz in Bern’s historic center was constructed in 1880 and is adjoined to a neighboring building from the 1970s. Bern’s listed old town is a UNESCO world cultural heritage site.

Burckhardt+Partner are carefully redeveloping the property in cooperation with the heritage conservation authorities. The historic building was meticulously measured and recreated as a digital 3D model to provide a basis for project planning. This means the work on the sensitive building structure can now be carried out with great precision.

Prior to its renovation, the property housed a hotel, a restaurant as well as retail and office space whereby the different ceiling heights in the two buildings impeded business operations. The redevelopment project paves the way for the creation of a hotel concept new to the city of Bern and for extended restaurant usage, while also making a valuable contribution to preserving the city’s historic architectural landscape.

The interior fit-out of the 19th century building is being carried out in close cooperation with the heritage conservation authorities. This will ensure features such as the wall paneling and old door frames in the rooms are preserved. The historic staircase will be significantly enhanced through careful restoration work and extended to the exclusive roof terrace for hotel guests. The previous access via a separate roof structure will be removed. The building’s exterior appearance is also being treated with great care. Its once distinctive design features, such as the oculi lucarnes, will be restored.

PSP Swiss Property and the tenant SV Group AG will create a hotel concept new to Bern, in a prime location in the building whose redevelopment is scheduled for completion by summer 2022. The existing ‘Luce’ restaurant will remain open on the ground floor as a traditional Italian restaurant with an extended overall usage plan which includes a wine lounge, a new function room and a take-away service.

PSP Swiss Property

Period of time

Architecture, general planning

Burckhardt+Partner AG

Historical photograph
Source: Burgerbibliothek Bern, Sammlung Hans-Ulrich Suter 712.