Intercantonal forestry school and education centre, Lyss BE
Wood on wood
With the exception of the concrete base which is 160 metres in length, the entire three-storey forestry school is made of wood. In the 1990s this represented a pioneering architectural feat.
Originally the building was conceived as having a concrete skeleton but it was then built entirely of wood - in the course of which novel ways of achieving timber joints were developed.
The agenda of exploring the limits of wood as a contemporary building material was complemented by the desire to create an ecological model: all the wood comes from Switzerland, and it is second-class material which is available in abundance. A building shell optimised for energy efficiency, woodchip heating, heat recovery, solar power and water retention complete the programme.
The four adjoining, cube-shaped wooden buildings form part of the boarding school.
|Contact person||Christoph Arpagaus|
|Client||Foundation Inter-cantonal Foresters College|
|Architect / General planner||Itten+Brechbühl AG|
|Competition||1st prize 1991|
|Start of construction||1994|
|Start of operation||1997|
|Floor area||12 000 m2|
|Construction volume||46 000 m3|
|Awards||SIB Architecture Award|
|Prize||Nature & Economics Award|
|Photos||Hans Ege, Luzern
Georg Aerni, Zurich