Studio Daniel Libeskind

Westside Shopping and Leisure Centre

Bern, Switzerland


Riedbachstrasse 100
Bern, Switzerland

Building size

1,500,000 sq.ft


Reinforced concrete skeleton. Steel structure. Facade with pre-fabricated modular wooden elements and metal

Joint Venture Partner

Architekt Daniel Libeskind AG, Zurich, with Studio Daniel Libeskind and Burckhardt + Partner AG

Structural Engineer

Ingenieurgemeinschaft Westside B+S Ingenieur AG / Moor Hauser & Partner AG

Mechanical / Electrical / Plumbing Engineer

Kannewischer Ingenieurbüro (M&E)

Landscape Architect

4d AG Landschaftsarchitekten

Lighting Designer

Hefti Hess Martignoni Elektro AG


Emmer Pfenninger Partner AG



Completion Date


Project Brief

Westside Shopping and Leisure Centre in Bern-Brunnen, Switzerland, is an urban scale architectural project totaling 1.5 million square feet completed by Architekt Daniel Libeskind AG (ADL)  with Studio Daniel Libeskind (SDL). In addition to the 55 shops, 10 restaurants and bars, hotel, multiplex cinema, indoor water park with wellness center and housing, this mixed-use program radically reinvents the concept of shopping, entertainment and living. With its impressive location above Bern’s A1 highway and its direct connection to the train and transport network, Westside is a meeting place for the whole greater region of Bern.

The building design integrates the landscape and the different directions of the site while providing a unique look to the external areas. Extensive window cuts in varying designs open up the facade. This has the effect of creating a panoramic window for the food court and spa area and a web of natural light for the circulation area. The concept of Westside was to create a public space with day and night facilities, a self-enclosed district offering endless amenities and services and a unique integration of architecture and landscape at a large urban scale.

The project opened in 2008, completed by Architekt Daniel Libeskind AG (ADL) with Studio Daniel Libeskind (SDL).


2010 - Prime Property Award