HHF Wins Competition for Tower Building in Biel
Architects, together with the landscape architects from Westpol, have
succeeded in winning an invited competition with their design for a
30-meter-high apartment tower and an adjoining public green space in the
Biel community of Mett.
its distinctive shape – composed of three differently sized cubes piled
up at different angles – and the adjoining green public space, the
Jardin Métropole is destined to become the symbol of Mett and contribute
to the area’s enhancement.
The geometry and alignment of the
discrete volumes relate to the neighboring buildings. The freestanding
building constitutes the beginning of the new park-like passage to Rue
du Moulin. The design builds on the theme of the city garden. Each
apartment has access to different green spaces: separate gardens with
private planting beds, a shared roof terrace, and landscaped loggias are
self-evident offerings for all the residents.
photovoltaic modules that are integrated in the loft-like facade, which
is dominated by horizontal ribbon windows, generate a large portion of
the energy needed to serve the apartments and the service-sector
commercial areas planned for the two bottom stories.
building stands in the tradition of taller expressive buildings in
Biel, like the well-known “La Rotonde” at the train station. Taking a
cue from that building, the public ground-floor zone of the Jardin
Métropole, with its bakery and café, has a circular plan. Construction
is scheduled to begin in 2019.
Program: Mixed-Use: Housing, Commercial, Office
Location: Biel, Switzerland
Design: 2016 –
Competition: 1st Prize, 2016
HHF + Westpol
HERLACH HARTMANN FROMMENWILER
with Laura Sattin and Eun A. Song, Nadja Uzelac, Monika Wozniak
Gross Floor Area: 2'675 m2
Building Volume: 20'470 m3
Vitali's Generation AG
Source: Press Release HHF Architects