Lyssbachpark, Service building with residential element and apartments for the elderly, Site I, Lyss BE

Living and working in a suburban centre

Because Lyss lies in the middle between Bern and Biel, the Canton of Bern has incorporated a former industrial site near the station in its priority programme for economic development. A service centre with rental apartments, apartments for the elderly and service areas has been constructed in the eastern section of the site.

The four-storey structure of the centre, 146 metres long, forms a barrier to the north against the railway buildings; three smaller structures stand opposite it in a row with passageways. The intervening space is composed of a generous esplanade. Balconies and terraces relieve the façades with their decidedly clear lines. The modestly designed outer façades form a framework around the centre. The inward-facing façades along the esplanade evoke a Mediterranean feel with their warm colours.

A wide variety of uses ensures that the new Lyss centre is and remains a popular spot.

Contact person Christoph Arpagaus
Client PM Management AG
General contractor Allreal Generalunternehmung AG
Architect/General contractor Itten+Brechbühl AG
Start of construction 2008
Start of operation 2011
Floor area 48 600 m2
Housing units 48 (4220 m2)
Apartments for the elderly 3580 m2
Services 9480 m2
Parking spaces 426
Photos Alexander Gempeler, Bern