EWB Entwicklung Ausserholligen, Bern, 2019—2020, Competition 1st Prize


With similar widths and spacing, but with staggered heights, four slender high-rises – in contrast to the horizontal structure of the motorway bridge – write an attractive skyline into the sky. The offsets of the skyscrapers in a north-south direction create empty spaces and enable views through and across. The urban high-rise ensemble is surrounded by a dense and diverse natural environment.

The central high-rise stands centrally on the new neighbourhood square and is conceived as a vertical overlapping of uses with intermixed neighbourhoods. The Viaduktforum with its hall, grandstand and bistro, studios, creative industries and cultural scene are nestled in the base. The upper floors house a cooperative with a variety of subsidised or self-supporting flats, with collective, semi-public uses on a mezzanine floor with a terrace.

An efficient column-and-plate system with continuous load transfer supports the 97-metre high-rise. An energy network, green plinth sections, prefabricated timber façades and a photovoltaic envelope coordinated with the neighbours fulfil the promising sustainability goals of the high-rise ensemble.


Ausserholligen between Europaplatz and Weyermannshaus Bern


Competition 2020–2021, 1. Prize

Project team

Team Halter: Giuliani Hönger, E2A, pool Architekten, Studio Vulkan Landschaftsarchitektur


Filippo Bolognese Images


Patric Barben, Jung Min Choi, Maurin Elmer, Lorenzo Giuliani, Halima Hassan, Christian Hönger, Mathias Kühn, Elizabeth Müller, Patrick Perämäki, Ralf Zwahlen