Modular school building Biel

The sleekly designed modules serve as temporary extensions of the school rooms.

They are characterized by a uniform, well thought through choice of materials and good cost/benefit tradeoff. One distinctive feature is the exterior wooden staircase, whose steps are designed as open-web girders. Production took place at the Renggli factory, including building technology, windows, doors and painting. The 36 modules were assembled in four days on steel foundations. The benefits for the client were the speed with which they could be put into use and the ease of dismantling.

Project ownerStadt Biel
ArchitectVerve Architekten GmbH
EngineeringJosef Kolb AG
Year2017
ConstructionModular timber structure
Service Renggli AGModular structure
Roman Tschachtli, Architect FH SWB, VERVE Architekten GmbH SIA
The build time was extremely short, as the preparatory work on site and the module production in the factory could take place simultaneously. Roman Tschachtli, Architect FH SWB, VERVE Architekten GmbH SIA
Sabine Schütz and Roman Tschachtli from Verve Architekten describe the story and challenges of this project (german).