The striking Spenglerturm that is being built on behalf of the CSA RES investment group has a distinctive elegance. With its triangular lower floors, the unique tower uses the geometry and load reserves of the hidden parking garage. The tower has a curving rectangular shape, making for ideal apartment layouts.
The planned tower is a new addition to the current building stock, and the tower's design includes the site's characteristic ribbon window pattern. Most of the current structures date to the 1970s and 1980s. The complete refurbishment of these buildings that is now necessary includes, among other things, replacing some building envelopes and building technology as well as ensuring earthquake safety.
Tower as a landmark and an attraction
The preservation and development of the Spengler site is in line with the Münchenstein community’s development goals. Increasing the municipality’s density and creating more residential space are a political necessity. The population of Münchenstein is expected to increase by 2,000 people by 2030, to 14,000. The Spenglerturm will become a municipal landmark and act as a magnet, both for those moving there and locals alike. So far the signs are good. The planned structure on the current site is attractive, centrally located, and very well served by both private and public transport. The Basel SBB train station, for example, can be reached by tram in just eight minutes.
The density at this excellent location is attractive for the CSA RES investment group. The project will create a total of around 15,000 square meters of residential and office space here. By improving the surrounding area the builder and the municipality are creating the conditions for attractive outdoor space with a high value for the district and future tenants. The existing green spaces will be retained.
For this project, a district planning procedure was necessary, and the municipality and its residents were thus able to influence the design of the planned residential complex. A clear majority approved the district plan during their ordinary municipal meeting and at the ballot box.