Systems Separation: An Approach to Architectural Management

The Canton Bern (Switzerland) Office of Properties and Buildings has adopted a radically new approach to the acquisition of public facilities. Having been used in the design and delivery of more than twenty projects (healthcare, university academic buildings, prisons, residential living, etc.) the approach makes a distinct separation between the long-lasting part of each building (called the Primary System) from the more changeable parts (Secondary and Tertiary Systems). The first example was a very large hospital on the campus of the Inselspital Hospital in Bern – the INO. This is a report on that project. At the end of the report, information is provided on how readers can acquire a comprehensive report / evaluation of the projects, hosted by the client and attended by experts from several countries.