Client: Canton Bern
Status: Competition (2015)
Location: Biel/Bienne, Switzerland
Coordinates: 47.130908, 7.242768
Climate: Continental, Temperate
Materials: Concrete, Wood
Environments: Industrial, Urban
Scale: 16.000 ㎡ Large
Types: Education, University
As a composed ensemble the campus is not a singular entity but part of the growing city. Six buildings are stepped in height and related to each other in such a way that a balanced composition is arrived at. The urban planning figure oscillates between individual buildings and the conglomerate volume. To bring the campus to life communal places and spaces are needed.
These places have very different qualities: the forecourt, the entrance hall, the ‘campus hall’, the main cafeteria, the café but also the internal courtyards, roof gardens and balconies each have an individual character. They are like interface spaces where exchange with the local populace and the business world can take place. The campus becomes a public network location. From the entrance hall the different parts of the building are accessed by three large main circulation cores, which branch out increasingly.
A finely structured almost urban circulation system develops – the conglomerate building becomes a city with squares, streets and lanes.