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

BRUNNADERN

FOUR APARTMENT UNITS, ATELIER 5, Bern 1968-1970

© Images & Text: Karin Bürki / HEARTBRUT

The Discreet Charm of Haute-Brute Living

Located in Berne’s leafy diplomatic quarter, and leaning towards a rather baroque take on Brutalism, the four concrete apartment houses nod to the neighbourhood’s 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 indicate. 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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