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Transitlager, Münchenstein

The site of the one-time depot in Münchenstein, now given over to cultural and artistic activities, is a sensitive blend of industrial and contemporary architecture. Since summer 2016, the striking transit warehouse has stood alongside the School of Art and Design and the Helsinki Dreispitz building, which towers up over 40 metres. Some 45 percent of the available area is used commercially for offices, gastronomy, retail and studios, while 55 percent is given over to residential properties. The building houses 101 rental apartments with between one and four bedrooms, as well as parkland and open spaces. The plans for the conversion and extension of the transit warehouse were made by the internationally operational Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), a firm of Danish architects. Eye-catching BIG projects can be found all over the world: in Shanghai, Miami and Malmö, for instance.

Residential, commercial, offices and underground car park

BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, Denmark

Building owner

IG Balintra AG represented by UBS Fund Management (Switzerland) AG, SIMA


smeyers AG


Land area 5200 sq.m, total floor area 25,000 sq.m, building volume 104,720 cu.m

Construction volume

CHF 57 million

Construction period

2014 to 2016

Completion date