Robert Walser Centre, Bern

Rooms worthy of a world-class author

The Robert Walser Archive found a permanent and worthy home in 2009 in Marktgasse 45 in the middle of Bern. Up until then the archive, with its important documentation on Walser and his mentor, Carl Seelig, had been in Zurich. The research and archive centre is simple and functional. Everything represents an unobtrusive homage to the work of this extraordinary, quiet author of world renown. The dignity appropriate to Walser does not exclude a pleasant, warm atmosphere. This is taken care of by the clear forms of the furnishings and the lamps in the publicly accessible areas, but also by the modest colours which give the rooms a unifying theme. Functionality is also the abiding characteristic of the small, tasteful exhibition room.

Robert Walser–Center

Year 2009
Contact person Christoph Arpagaus
Client Robert Walser Center
Architects Itten+Brechbühl AG
Construction management Haller+Partner Architekten
Planning Dec. 2008 - Feb. 2009
Start of construction March 2009
Start of operation April 2009
Floor area 300 m2
Construction volume 840 m3
Photos Dominique Uldry, Bern