A timber construction wins architectural competition in Bern



Where waste was once dumped on the outskirts of Bern, a new Holliger quarter with 350 apartments is now being built. A timber building wins the architectural. Timbatec congratulates FritschiBeis Architektur on the winning project "Here comes the sun".

Between the Bremgarten forest and the Bremgarten cemetery was once the old waste incineration plant of the city of Bern. After the new construction of the plant in Forsthaus West, a new residential quarter is being built today. 350 apartments for 500 to 600 residents as well as business areas and leisure facilities will be built close to the city centre. 

In order to find solutions for a high-quality development, the City of Berne launched a concept competition in 2012 for the whole development. For the construction of each section of the site, project competitions were held to find solutions for the individual construction areas that would implement the overriding specifications and rules in a targeted manner.

Quartierplan Holliger

Holliger district with the various construction areas. The construction site U1 with the winning project "Here comes the sun" belongs to the building cooperative Aare Bern (yellow). Picture: Jury report, Baugenossenschaft Aare Bern

For the U1 construction site, the Aare Bern building cooperative has held a selective competition. The "Here comes the sun" project by ARGE Team Beam with FrischiBeis Architecture and Space Encounters is the winning project. The architects have created a striking building that meets the client's specifications and convinces with innovations.

The architects propose a timber construction with a cladding of ceramic tiles. Through the materialization with mainly wood the project was good regarding construction (gray energy) and energy consuption. Timbatec supported the "Team Beam" in the planning of the timber construction. Together with the architects we are happy about the victory of "Here comes the sun".

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