Ship ahoy! – Open Day

by | Sep 28, 2022

24 September 2022 | Phase 1 of the new Westfeld ‘village’ is almost complete, and the non-profit association, wohnen&mehr, threw open the doors last weekend to show the public what is in store. Despite the inclement weather, hundreds of visitors from far and wide came to view the new living accommodation and other facilities in the imposing ‘Schiff’ building, which dominates the skyline at the south side of the new 35,000 m2 (8½ acre) ‘Quartierzentrum’.
The new urban living community is situated close to Basel city centre. It occupies space formerly used by the Felix Platter-Spital and was made available by the City authorities following an Initiative calling for a bold ‘convert rather than demolish’ decision to create a new non-profit community. The opportunity arose following the move by the hospital to move into a new, larger purpose-built facility in Westfeld.
After a two-year programme to transform the Schiff into living accommodation, visitors were given access for the first time to see the new facilities, including residential floors and common room with roof terrace, which can be used by future residents. The fully refurbished flats will be ready to welcome their new residents as from January 2023 – with Wohnen plus Basel members among the first to move in. The apartments on show come in various sizes and configurations, all fitted with high-quality kitchen and bathroom equipment, and all within easy reach of lifts, stairways and laundry rooms.
In another couple of years, as well as more than 500 apartment dwellings, including some designed for those needing assisted living, the completed Quartiercentre will comprise, shops, small businesses, a gym, KiTa, Kindergarten, Quartier restaurant and a café.
Westfeld Basel is a model project of non-profit housing – developed in close cooperation with partners including the wohnbaugenossenschaft nordwestschweiz and the Canton of Basel-Stadt.