Westside Shopping and Leisure Centre, Bern

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The Westside Shopping and Leisure Centre, on the outskirts of Bern, Switzerland, is a multi-use facility with shops, restaurants, a swimming pool, conference spaces, residences, a hotel, fitness centres, and a cinema. It was designed by international architect Daniel Libeskind and completed in October 2008.DesignDespite its location west of the city, in Brünnen-Bern, Westside is urban in scale. According to Studio Daniel Libeskind’s website, the site brings “together the dimensions of commerce, culture and leisure." Positioned over a motorway, the centre overlooks an S-Bahn station and acts as a gateway to Bern. The complex is crystalline in structure; a steel concrete skeleton supports the centre’s wood façade.Cuts in the roof bring the changing daylight into the center’s two plazas. One plaza faces the surrounding Brünnen landscape and connects to the centre’s bath, while the other plaza adjoins the hotel and cinema.Windows tumble across the façade, bringing light into the building. This design evokes the erratic matrix of windows across Libeskind’s first major international success, the Jewish Museum Berlin.ReactionCritics, such as David Rogers of the Los Angeles-based Jerde Partnership, have faulted Bern for neglecting to integrate such a shopping centre into the city’s urban fabric. A shopping centre on the city’s periphery contributes to the disintegration of the city centre and leads to a “loss of values,” he says.
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  • Really a great shopping mall to American model. Large underground car park and many shops on several floors as well as a kind of "Food Corner". On the business, we can say little, since we visited so far only a few. It has good but quite actually just about anything your heart desires and the atmosphere about clothes, electronics, food. The Pathé cinema with more than 10 cinemas is of course super and highly recommended. Arrived a bit earlier intermediate worth a stop at the sports bar right before the cinema! Also the pool area is great! Some fun slides and beautiful pools. Holidays and weekends to meet families/children of course en masse, then is what's going on! Wers then calmer like enters the really beautiful sauna area. The mixed range can be completely seen. Be sure the fire & ice sauna outdoor test, possibly even with an infusion program. We were pleasantly surprised. Also the pure women's sauna is nice and has a spacious steam bath.
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  • We were curious about the food mall with its Japanese Ramen bar. Unfortunately a complete unattractive place. And who wants to sit in the corridor with their back towards the passing crowd? So we ate ...  more »
  • Beautiful reason for bad weather. You can go shopping, to the movies or go to the restaurant. many different ways, even a large bathroom. Very convenient garage.
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In historic Bern, the bulk of the accommodation offerings are confined to the peninsula, where the Old Town or "Altstadt" is located. Staying here gives you the convenience of being within walking distance to everything--which will come in handy in this generally car-free area. Throughout the Old Town you'll find a number of mid-range three-star hotels complete with their original 19th-century characteristics. A couple hostels and pensions round out the options here, though these tend to be a bit more expensive than one might expect. Outside of the Old Town, there are a few hotels with cheaper rates, though you compromise on convenience and atmosphere. The city also boasts a few stunning four- and five-star hotels, should your budget be forgiving.
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