Thun BE Hospital: Integration of A&E into existing structure; 2nd floor extension (strategic free space)

A&E becomes an emergency

The A&E department at Thun hospital dates back to 1987 and was designed for 8,000 cases per year. Today, 10,000 cases are expected. There was urgent need of expansion. The new two-storey building is embedded in the existing ensemble,in the heart of the hospital buildings. The building is designed as a frame construction with prefabricated concrete columns. The internal work is of lightweight construction with gypsum board walls. The arrangement of the rooms enables parallel treatments to run smoothly and effectively. The spatial design comprises 19 emergency beds, a shock room, X-ray department, rooms for minor procedures, gynaecology room, plaster room, isolation rooms, decontamination rooms and triage area.


Interior Design

Limited expansion. The new arrangement of the rooms corresponds to current medical and technical standards and facilitates smooth processes during parallel treatments. The treatment rooms have a restrained design that relinquishes the space to the striking signage and eminent core zones.


Year 2012/2014
Contact person Christoph Arpagaus
Client Spital STS AG
Architect/General planner Itten+Brechbühl AG
Full-service general contractor Itten+Brechbühl AG
General contractor competition 2010
Planning 2011; N2 2012
Start of construction 2011; N2 2012
Start of operation 2012; N2 2014
Floor area 4217 m2
Construction volume 13 876 m3
Minergie Standard
Photos Sandra Stampfli, Bern