Residential and Nursing Home, Frienisberg , 2013

The design is based on two different implementations of the same typological idea. In the “East” quarter, the main building forms a new, distinct address on Bernstrasse; on the west side, three “villas” are grouped around a village-like square, slightly elevated above the lake. The composition of the four elements monastery, main building, villa cluster, and barn defines the new village centre around Frienisberg’s central open space. Together with the historic buildings, the replacement buildings form an ensemble that continues the evolved village structure without competing with the monastery. The relocation of the centre also means an opening of the previously introverted institution to the outside world.