The Paracelsuspark is part of the monastery square in Einsiedeln, the largest sacred square north of the Alps. The “Einsiedlerhof” site which is just situated next to this place was recently the subject of a project competition for bidding consortiums of architects and investors. A new building complex, consisting of a new administrative center for the Einsiedeln district, a parish hall for the Roman Catholic church, and a private residential and commercial building, is to be built on this site.
The structural engineer team from Lüchinger+Meyer Luzern had the opportunity to support the team of Lussi Partner Architekten and Anliker Generalunternehmung. Their project “Einsiedlerhöfe” won the 2nd place in the competition process.
The load-bearing structures of the administration center and the parish hall are proposed as solid buildings with flat slabs, load-bearing wall plates and columns in cast-in-place concrete. The column grid is aligned with the grid of the spacious underground parking garage, which means that costly interception structures can be dispensed with. The generous column spacing offers the greatest possible flexibility for the internal room layout. In the residential building, the load-bearing components are limited to the access core, the facade and the apartment partition walls. The geologically difficult conditions and the large volume of the basement require a pile foundation and a vertical construction pit closure with a closed sheet pile wall.
Our thanks go to the entire competition team for their constructive cooperation and the stimulating planning engagement with this special site.