Herzog & de Meuron
Project
2006–2007, 2011-2022
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Process

Perception and approach: the historical city of Solothurn and the surrounding landscape at the eastern end of the Seeland.

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The project was proposed for a former waste disposal site on the outskirts of Solothurn in close proximity to the river Aare.

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The site was to be developed in parallel with decontamination measures, transforming it into a unique area combining urban and rural characteristics in close proximity to the water.

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The Masterplan as a tool: a system of streets and paths that offers connections and views towards the water from all sides connected by a promenade along the new Aareschlaufe.

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Dividing the area into sectors; providing a variety of housing typologies.

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Team

Facts

Client
Wasserstadtsolothurn AG, Solothurn, Switzerland
Planning
Project Architect: Herzog & de Meuron, Basel, Switzerland
Landscape Design: Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten, ZĂŒrich, Switzerland
Structural Engineering: BSB + Partner, Oensingen, Switzerland
Specialist / Consulting
Civil Engineering: BSB + Partner, Switzerland
Geology Consulting: SolGeo AG, Solothurn, Switzerland
Energy Consulting: Regio Energie Solothurn, Solothurn, Switzerland
Sustainability Consulting: Regio Energie Solothurn, Solothurn, Switzerland
Gastronomy Consulting: Volkartberatung, Solothurn, Switzerland
Hotel Consulting: Volkartberatung, Solothurn, Switzerland
Hydrology Engineering: Hunziker, Zarn & Partner AG, Aarau, Switzerland
Hydrology Engineering: AquaPlus, Zug, Switzerland
Traffic Planning: BSB + Partner, Switzerland
Building Data
Site Area: 4'602'643 sqft, 427'600 sqm
Gross floor area (GFA): 1'194'792 sqft, 111'000 sqm
Links
www.wasserstadtsolothurn.ch

Bibliography

Andreas Kofler, “Wasserstadt Solothurn”. In: “What if. Was wĂ€re wenn. Unbuilt Architecture in Switzerland. Ungebaute Architektur in der Schweiz.” Edited by: Andreas Kofler, Andreas Ruby. Exh. Cat. “What if. Unbuilt Architecture in Switzerland.” Swiss Architecture Museum. 25 November 2023 – 7 April 2024. Basel. Christoph Merian, 2023. pp. 232-242.

Fabian Vonarburg: “‘Klein Venedig’ ist definitiv ausgetrĂ€umt.Das Ende einer grossen Vision: Die Wasserstadt-Aktiengesellschaft hat an ihrer Generalversammlung ihre Liquidierung beschlossen.”
In: Theodor Eckert (Ed.). Solothurner Zeitung. Solothurner Zeitung AG, 11.07.2022. p. 17.

Herzog & de Meuron 2005-2007. The Complete Works. Volume 6. Edited by: Gerhard Mack. Basel, BirkhĂ€user, 2018.

Lucien Fluri: “Aus der Traum! Das Ende einer Vision. Auf dem Solothurner Stadtmist wird es nie eine Wasserstadt geben.” In: Theodor Eckert (Ed.). Solothurner Zeitung. Solothurner Zeitung AG, 04.03.2016. pp. 20-21.

Daniel Gerny: “Herzog & de Meuron planen in Solothurn. Entlang einer Uferpromenade an neuem Aarelauf will ein Unternehmer ein Quartier fĂŒr 900 Bewohner realisieren.” In: Markus Spillmann (Ed.). Neue ZĂŒrcher Zeitung. Vol. No. 301, Zurich, Neue ZĂŒrcher Zeitung AG, 28.12.2013. p. 12.