Afifah Othman


Brünig Bahnhof

Eine Relaisstation

Research_Master Sem 2

Studio_Prof. Dieter Geissbühler



Typology_Material, holzkultur, upgrading and modernisation works, public

The area of the Brünig railway station on the is characterised by its function as a transit point. In addition, spaces for interaction are to be created for the region’s economic, leisure and cultural space. In the spring semester of 2018, the focus was placed on wood as the primary building material. Following a long tradition of timber construction, it is also necessary to examine the possibilities of today’s production methods. We started with a personal realisation of Brünig and I build up the connection from there. The question of old and new, how to deal with the old and new without loosing the cultural essence? I looked at Carlo Scarpa and Geoffrey Bawa as a starting point then stumbled upon a quote by Paul Ricoeur : “how to become modern and to return to sources; how to revive an old, dormant civilization, and take part in universal civilization” He mentioned the successful design of Carlo Scarpa in the intervention of the old and new. Then I looked at Brünig, the locality, revive the old; the celebration of wood. Universality through the craftsmanship of the wood. The first attempt I looked at different materials, metal as an universal element. After exploring glulam method as a celebration of wood as a way to use wood in the new structure, weaving and textile in relation to architecture becomes a continuation and the driver that progresses the project in terms of treating the wood, constructing the wood, the new structural language and how material and function collides; in this case how the weaving enhances the sacral spaces designed into the Bahnhof. At the end of this semester, the project developed into 1:1 scale of weaving in wood prototype with consideration of further testing and development in terms of types of wood, strengths, longetivity of wood life span and further optimisation of the weaving into the structural system.