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Siedlung Halen

Atelier 5

Herrenschwanden-- Near Bern, Switzerland

Connection to nature

Siedlung Halen Herrenschwanden-- 5 km outside of Bern, Switzerland 1955(initial studies)-1961(completed) 79 Units (High Density, Low Rise) and shared community ammenities

Atelier 5

• Erwin Fritz

• Samuel Gerber

• Rolf Herterberg

• Hans Hostettler

• Niklaus Morgenthaler

• Alfredo Pini

• Fritz Thormann

Design strategy

• Built as an experimental solution for the post-war “housing problem”-- a solution which several of the architects themselves lived in

• modern garden suburb for the well-off middle class

• cité (self-contained residential development) without cars

• connection to light and nature

• focus on children and the family as a natural structure

• private homes + private outdoors space + communal facilities = SIEDLUNG HALEN

Private outdoor space
Private outdoor space
Connection to light
Connection to light
Private homes
Private homes
Pedestrian walks
Pedestrian walks
Children as focus
Children as focus

Design Objective: To use a modern architectural language influenced by Le Corbusier to create a high-density suburban community emphasizing a relationship with nature and a strong connection between private family homes and community facilities.

Community facilities and activites
Community facilities and activites

Sylvia Calderon & Riley Neal ADE 421- Tom Hartman

Siedlung Halen

Atelier 5

Herrenschwanden-- Near Bern, Switzerland

top level

entry level

basement

Near Bern, Switzerland top level entry level basement Type 12 exterior circulation horizontal circulation vertical
Near Bern, Switzerland top level entry level basement Type 12 exterior circulation horizontal circulation vertical
Near Bern, Switzerland top level entry level basement Type 12 exterior circulation horizontal circulation vertical
Near Bern, Switzerland top level entry level basement Type 12 exterior circulation horizontal circulation vertical

Type 12

Bern, Switzerland top level entry level basement Type 12 exterior circulation horizontal circulation vertical
Bern, Switzerland top level entry level basement Type 12 exterior circulation horizontal circulation vertical

exterior circulation

top level entry level basement Type 12 exterior circulation horizontal circulation vertical circulation Unit Circulation

horizontal circulation

top level entry level basement Type 12 exterior circulation horizontal circulation vertical circulation Unit Circulation

vertical circulation

top level entry level basement Type 12 exterior circulation horizontal circulation vertical circulation Unit Circulation

Unit Circulation

Siedlung Halen

Atelier 5

Herrenschwanden-- Near Bern, Switzerland

top level

entry level

basement

Near Bern, Switzerland top level entry level basement Type 380 exterior circulation horizontal circulation
Near Bern, Switzerland top level entry level basement Type 380 exterior circulation horizontal circulation
Near Bern, Switzerland top level entry level basement Type 380 exterior circulation horizontal circulation
Near Bern, Switzerland top level entry level basement Type 380 exterior circulation horizontal circulation

Type 380

Bern, Switzerland top level entry level basement Type 380 exterior circulation horizontal circulation vertical
Bern, Switzerland top level entry level basement Type 380 exterior circulation horizontal circulation vertical

exterior circulation

top level entry level basement Type 380 exterior circulation horizontal circulation vertical circulation Unit Circulation

horizontal circulation

top level entry level basement Type 380 exterior circulation horizontal circulation vertical circulation Unit Circulation

vertical circulation

top level entry level basement Type 380 exterior circulation horizontal circulation vertical circulation Unit Circulation

Unit Circulation

Siedlung Halen

Atelier 5

Herrenschwanden-- Near Bern, Switzerland

basement
basement
entry level
entry level
top level
top level
Near Bern, Switzerland basement entry level top level “hardliners” 380 and workshop exterior circulation

“hardliners” 380 and workshop

entry level top level “hardliners” 380 and workshop exterior circulation horizontal circulation vertical

exterior circulationentry level top level “hardliners” 380 and workshop horizontal circulation vertical circulation second level

horizontal circulationlevel top level “hardliners” 380 and workshop exterior circulation vertical circulation second level Unit Circulation

vertical circulationtop level “hardliners” 380 and workshop exterior circulation horizontal circulation second level Unit Circulation

second level
second level
380 and workshop exterior circulation horizontal circulation vertical circulation second level Unit Circulation

Unit Circulation

Siedlung Halen

Atelier 5

Herrenschwanden-- Near Bern, Switzerland

Halen Atelier 5 Herrenschwanden-- Near Bern, Switzerland Studios exterior circulation horizontal circulation vertical
Halen Atelier 5 Herrenschwanden-- Near Bern, Switzerland Studios exterior circulation horizontal circulation vertical
Halen Atelier 5 Herrenschwanden-- Near Bern, Switzerland Studios exterior circulation horizontal circulation vertical

Studios

Atelier 5 Herrenschwanden-- Near Bern, Switzerland Studios exterior circulation horizontal circulation vertical
Atelier 5 Herrenschwanden-- Near Bern, Switzerland Studios exterior circulation horizontal circulation vertical

exterior circulationAtelier 5 Herrenschwanden-- Near Bern, Switzerland Studios horizontal circulation vertical circulation Ateliers and

Near Bern, Switzerland Studios exterior circulation horizontal circulation vertical circulation Ateliers and

horizontal circulation

Switzerland Studios exterior circulation horizontal circulation vertical circulation Ateliers and Studio Unit Circulation

vertical circulation

Switzerland Studios exterior circulation horizontal circulation vertical circulation Ateliers and Studio Unit Circulation
Switzerland Studios exterior circulation horizontal circulation vertical circulation Ateliers and Studio Unit Circulation
Switzerland Studios exterior circulation horizontal circulation vertical circulation Ateliers and Studio Unit Circulation
Switzerland Studios exterior circulation horizontal circulation vertical circulation Ateliers and Studio Unit Circulation
Switzerland Studios exterior circulation horizontal circulation vertical circulation Ateliers and Studio Unit Circulation
Switzerland Studios exterior circulation horizontal circulation vertical circulation Ateliers and Studio Unit Circulation
Switzerland Studios exterior circulation horizontal circulation vertical circulation Ateliers and Studio Unit Circulation

Ateliers and Studio

Switzerland Studios exterior circulation horizontal circulation vertical circulation Ateliers and Studio Unit Circulation
Switzerland Studios exterior circulation horizontal circulation vertical circulation Ateliers and Studio Unit Circulation
Switzerland Studios exterior circulation horizontal circulation vertical circulation Ateliers and Studio Unit Circulation

Unit Circulation

Siedlung Halen

Atelier 5

Herrenschwanden-- Near Bern, Switzerland

Type 12 Type 380 “hardliner” “hardliner” Workshop and Type 380 Workshop and Type 380 entry
Type 12
Type 380
“hardliner”
“hardliner”
Workshop and Type 380
Workshop and Type 380
entry
entry
enentrtrryy entry
380 Workshop and Type 380 entry entry enentrtrryy entry exterior circulation horizontal circulation vertical

exterior circulation

380 entry entry enentrtrryy entry exterior circulation horizontal circulation vertical circulation Unit Circulation

horizontal circulation

380 entry entry enentrtrryy entry exterior circulation horizontal circulation vertical circulation Unit Circulation

vertical circulation

Unit Circulation

Siedlung Halen

Atelier 5

Herrenschwanden-- Near Bern, Switzerland

Regularity
Regularity
Access to natural light
Access to natural light
Inside-outside
Inside-outside

The Unit

Privacy
Privacy
Fluid space
Fluid space

Dynamism

Siedlung Halen

Atelier 5

Herrenschwanden-- Near Bern, Switzerland

EXPANSION

COMPRESSION

Near Bern, Switzerland EXPANSION COMPRESSION Type 12 Private outdoor space Type 380 Living space (+) =
Near Bern, Switzerland EXPANSION COMPRESSION Type 12 Private outdoor space Type 380 Living space (+) =
Near Bern, Switzerland EXPANSION COMPRESSION Type 12 Private outdoor space Type 380 Living space (+) =
Near Bern, Switzerland EXPANSION COMPRESSION Type 12 Private outdoor space Type 380 Living space (+) =
Type 12
Type 12

Private outdoor space

Type 380
Type 380
EXPANSION COMPRESSION Type 12 Private outdoor space Type 380 Living space (+) = “hardliner” FULL UNIT
Living space
Living space
Type 12 Private outdoor space Type 380 Living space (+) = “hardliner” FULL UNIT HALF UNIT
Type 12 Private outdoor space Type 380 Living space (+) = “hardliner” FULL UNIT HALF UNIT
Type 12 Private outdoor space Type 380 Living space (+) = “hardliner” FULL UNIT HALF UNIT

(+)

= “hardliner”

outdoor space Type 380 Living space (+) = “hardliner” FULL UNIT HALF UNIT Studios Service Living
outdoor space Type 380 Living space (+) = “hardliner” FULL UNIT HALF UNIT Studios Service Living
outdoor space Type 380 Living space (+) = “hardliner” FULL UNIT HALF UNIT Studios Service Living
outdoor space Type 380 Living space (+) = “hardliner” FULL UNIT HALF UNIT Studios Service Living
outdoor space Type 380 Living space (+) = “hardliner” FULL UNIT HALF UNIT Studios Service Living

FULL UNIT

HALF UNIT

380 Living space (+) = “hardliner” FULL UNIT HALF UNIT Studios Service Living space Ateliers (workshops)
380 Living space (+) = “hardliner” FULL UNIT HALF UNIT Studios Service Living space Ateliers (workshops)

Studios

Service
Service
380 Living space (+) = “hardliner” FULL UNIT HALF UNIT Studios Service Living space Ateliers (workshops)
380 Living space (+) = “hardliner” FULL UNIT HALF UNIT Studios Service Living space Ateliers (workshops)
380 Living space (+) = “hardliner” FULL UNIT HALF UNIT Studios Service Living space Ateliers (workshops)
Living space
Living space
380 Living space (+) = “hardliner” FULL UNIT HALF UNIT Studios Service Living space Ateliers (workshops)
380 Living space (+) = “hardliner” FULL UNIT HALF UNIT Studios Service Living space Ateliers (workshops)
380 Living space (+) = “hardliner” FULL UNIT HALF UNIT Studios Service Living space Ateliers (workshops)

Ateliers (workshops)

The Unit

Siedlung Halen

Atelier 5

Herrenschwanden-- Near Bern, Switzerland

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Brown, Neave Sinclair. “Siedlung Halen.” Architectural Design. 33 (1963): 63-83.

Burkhard, Balthasar, and Atelier 5. Atelier 5 :26 ausgewählte Bauten. Zürich: Ammann, 1986.

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Irace, Fulvio. “L’occhio di ieri, gli occhi di oggi = Yesterday’s eye, today’s eyes.” Abitare. 432 (2003): 316-329.

Scalbert, Irene. “Siedlung Halen: between standards and individuality.” arq 2(autumn 1996): 14-24.

Schafer, Roger. “The Happy Householders of Halen.” Architectural Forum. 124.6 (1966): 80-85.

Sherwood, Roger. Modern Housing Prototypes. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1978.

Siedlung Halen website (search for it on google and then have have google translate it from German):

http://www.halen.ch/31150

website (search for it on google and then have have google translate it from German): http://www.halen.ch/31150
website (search for it on google and then have have google translate it from German): http://www.halen.ch/31150

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