“Eisweiher”, Oberwil Masterplan, Basel-Land, Switzerland
Selected Urban Study, 2013
The “Eisweiher”, or Ice Pond, is located between the communities Oberwil and Therwil to the south of Basel. Its triangular shape is defined by the confluence of the Birsig and Marbach rivers. The surrounding communities intend to activate this land reserve in the near future and initiated a parallel study to investigate its potential.
Open space defines our urban design: the robust proposal defines several distinct zones or ‘islands’, which can be individually developed within an overall redevelopment strategy. The existing identifiable elements of the site, such as its field structure and water systems, are maintained and strengthened within our concept. A new circular road connects the existing streets and paths with the new development and park, linking them to the existing towns, clarifying the circulation of traffic and improving the potential of neighbouring sites.