In a prime location in Bern’s Breitenrain quarter, Swiss Prime Site Immobilien is transforming the former postal headquarters into a new centre that will improve the quality of life in the neighbourhood.
Over the next two years, the rooms in the «Schönburg» will be converted into unique apartments, shops, a fitness centre and a budget design hotel. Britta Richli, who has responsibility on the Swiss Prime Site side for the major project, took us on a tour of the construction site.
The Aare meanders leisurely past the Breitenrain quarter, one of the federal capital’s most popular residential areas. We’re just a stone’s throw away from the Bear Pit and there’s even a glorious unrestricted view of the Alps – at least, usually there would be. Today a blizzard is swirling over Bern, transforming the vast construction site into a surreal white wasteland. It’s bitterly cold.
In just two years of construction time, Swiss Prime Site will transform the former headquarters of the Swiss Post into a «Space to Unfold», which will open up 31’500 square metres of usable space to the entire quarter. The quality of life in the residential area, already high, will increase further: for example, the Schönburg will become home to a branch of the co-op and a modern fitness centre – two amenities that at the moment the local residents have to travel for, either into the city centre or to another suburb.