A showcase project in sustainability is being built in Niederwangen near Bern. The Papillon district will produce more energy than it consumes.

The Papillon project in Niederwangen near Berne is creating homes and living spaces for 2,500 people. The first apartments were occupied in summer 2018, and the final buildings are due to be completed by 2028. Mobimo is the overall project developer for one of the eight construction sites within this major district development in the greater Berne area. It is working with the non-profit residential developer Logis Suisse AG and Lycaena AG to plan around 240 apartments on site F, according to designs by the Bob Gysin Partner architectural practice. The project has a holistic sustainability ethos: the diverse housing stock – condominiums, rental apartments and social housing – ensures a good social mix. There are also plans for ground-floor facilities such as arts and crafts rooms, studios, community spaces and a day school and a
crèche. The land will continue to be owned by the municipality of Köniz and Lycaena AG. The municipality of Köniz is leasing its part of the land to Mobimo AG and Logis Suisse AG. The construction project meets not only the certification criteria for a 2000-Watt Site, but also the requirements for a Plusenergiequartier (PEQ) district. This means that, on average over a year, the buildings produce more energy than they consume. This is achieved in part through heat generation from geothermal probes and electricity generation from rooftop photovoltaic panels. The use of e-mobility is also planned. Timber – a renewable material – is being used to construct the buildings. Site F is scheduled for completion in spring 2025.

(Publication date: Spring 2021)
(Visualization: Bob Gysin Partner)

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