SBB Operations Centre Mitte, Olten SO

Control room for the railway of tomorrow

Swiss Railways are consolidating their traffic control facilities which have hitherto numbered in excess of 100, into four operations centres, one of which will be in Olten. The new building is at the same time the first cornerstone in the redesign of their engineering works in Olten.

From 2016, rail traffic in Mittelland, northwest and central Switzerland will be controlled from the Mitte operations centre. The building represents a prototype. The control room sitting atop the complex operating equipment and building engineering is the hub of the operation. Further administrative offices and staff rooms adjoin. 

The architectural design emphasises the different functions of the building. The four-storey base has a strikingly vertical structure. The transparency of the top floor sets it apart.

Year 2014
Contact person Jürg Toffol
Client Schweizerische Bundesbahnen SBB
Architects /general planners Itten+Brechbühl AG
Planning 2009-2013
Start of construction 2012
Start of operation 2014
Floor area 17 200 m2
Construction volume 75 800 m3
Photos Ruedi Walti, Basel