A Stroll Through Basel’s Hardwald

A Stroll Through Basel’s Hardwald

Members and friends of W+B gathered early yesterday afternoon for the latest in our series of local walks in the Basel region. Hardwald forest, a peaceful wooded oasis and a popular local recreation area on the outskirts of Basel, is just a short way upstream from the city along the River Rhine. With comfortable temperatures and dry skies, our group’s 1½ hour walk in flat country, along paths that interlace the forest, enabled us to view undergrowth and trees from saplings to full-grown – a haven for a wide variety of birds and other wildlife.

Coordinators Doris and Dorothea ensured that our walk would end with refreshments at the palatial Hotel Waldhaus, before leading us on a short stroll back to the tram stop taking us directly back to Westfeld. We weren’t disappointed!

Background: Originally an oak forest used for animal pasture, the Hardwald forest today is one of the city’s many ‘green lungs’. Fewer know that the forest’s gravelly substrate also has the exceptional ability to filter Rhine water, reducing downstream processes needed to make clean water available to supply an ever-growing industrial and domestic demand.

Excursion to the “Petite Camargue Alsacienne”

Excursion to the “Petite Camargue Alsacienne”

The “Petite Camargue Alsacienne” is located in the floodplain forests of the Rhine. In addition to the approximately 174 species of birds in this beautiful nature reserve, it is also home to 30 species of mammals and 16 species of amphibians, many rare species of insects and a unique flora. In May, the singing of nightingales is a special attraction. There are beautiful walking trails and viewing platforms in the middle of this pristine region. Click here for details.

Ship ahoy! – Open Day

Ship ahoy! – Open Day

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.
W+ B Leases – Update

W+ B Leases – Update

28 July 2022: Wohnen+ Basel passed another major milestone in its journey with the publication last week of details of the lease for our new homes in Westfeld.

The lease has been developed in German and English and was explained section by section at a special meeting for tenant-members. After all participants’ questions were answered, everyone was invited to an Apéro where we had time for informal discussion.

With this major part of our Verein’s development now taken care of, the next steps are the publication of final, total rental costs and the selection of move-in dates in early 2023.

Sustainable Building Materials

Sustainable Building Materials

Followers of this website will be aware that sustainability stands front and central to our aims. This is also a founding principle of the Westfeld site developer, wohnen&mehr. Less well-known is the fact that w&m were project partners in the creation of the catalogue “Building materials for cities in climate change”. This is important, since when compared to rural areas, cities and densely built areas heat up more in the summer and cool down less during the night. Among the influences for this so-called “heat island effect” is the choice of building materials. A new material catalogue issued by the Federal Office for Housing (BWO) shows that certain building materials reduce the warming effect on the environment less. Drawing on their own insights and experience, Westfeld planning teams participated in a number of workshops. The reference catalogue is aimed at planners and construction companies who create or renovate buildings in the urban space.