Brunnadern, Residential Buildings, Atelier 5, Bern 1970, Brutalism © HEARTBRUT / Karin Hunter Bürki

BRUNNADERN

FOUR APARTMENT UNITS, ATELIER 5, Bern 1968-1970

© Images & Text: Karin Hunter Bürki / HEARTBRUT

  • Brunnadernstrasse 62-68 Bern
  • Residential
  • Object of Local Significance

The Discreet Charm of Haute-Brute Living

Located in Berne’s diplomatic quarter, the four stately, yet highly sculptural apartment houses nod to the neighbourhood’s discreet air of high-bourgeois pomp lurking behind the walls and carefully manicured topiary. Individual layouts, private terraces and separate entrances, some of them in the shape of spiral staircases, do their absolute best to make the apartments look and feel like private homes. The structure also features communal facilities, like an indoor swimming-pool and hobby rooms.

A word of warning: please note Brunnadern is a private estate, as various signs not so discreetly hint at. If you do get caught red-handed, declaring to be a fan of Atelier 5 in a posh English accent should help deescalate the situation.

Brunnadern, Residential Buildings, Atelier 5, Bern 1970, Brutalism © HEARTBRUT / Karin Hunter Bürki
Brunnadern, Residential Buildings, Atelier 5, Bern 1970, Brutalism © HEARTBRUT / Karin Hunter Bürki
Brunnadern, Residential Buildings, Atelier 5, Bern 1970, Brutalism © HEARTBRUT / Karin Hunter Bürki
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