Bern Youth Hostel construction project

It’s almost time – on 29 March, we will celebrate the reopening

Swiss Youth Hostels began its latest architectural showcase on 15 November 2016: a renovation and a new building for Bern Youth Hostel. The establishment, which opened in Bern’s Marzili district in 1956,has been converted and has acquired a new, separate wing of rooms.

The bulk of the project has been completed, and the unique structure of the modern building complex is visible.The painters gave the interior a new look, the exterior spaces has been redesigned. 

You can look forward to seeing a generous garden, ultra-modern rooms and a bright and well-lit restaurant.

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  • March 2017: The floor panel is reinforced in beautiful weather.

  • June 2017: The ongoing building works at the Bern Youth Hostel are under constant observation from the highest level.

  • September 2017: The new building has started to take shape.

  • The work of everyone involved was celebrated at the construction party on 21 September.

  • Februar 2018: Dank dem Verwenden des Sichtbetons kommt schon heute das endgültige offen belassene Treppenhaus der Frontansicht des Neubaus zur Geltung.

Pictures of the construction project

We would like to give you a glimpse of the construction of the Bern Youth hostel. The new building contains double rooms, family rooms and dormitories, all equipped with their own wash rooms. Meanwhile, the old listed building has been completely renovated and additional dormitories, reception, a large dining hall with a games room and meeting rooms were added.
The open design with large glass façades highlights the hostel’s special location right on the river Aare and beneath the Swiss parliament building.

  • Conversion and construction: a timeline

    • November 2016: Work on the conversion and new building begins with active support from company management

    • 15. NOV. 2016

      Finally, the builders can get started.

      01. JAN. 2017

      The old sleeping quarters are dismantled.

    • 01. MAR. 2017

      The foundations are laid for the new building.

      01. MAY. 2017

      The prefabricated wash rooms are installed in place.

  • Conversion and construction: a timeline

    • The best views from a dormitory...

    • 01. AUG. 2017

      The wooden frame for the roof is finished and tiled.

      21. SEP. 2017

      After almost a year of construction work, the first stage of the conversion and new building of Bern Youth Hostel is completed according to plan. The work of everyone involved was celebrated at the construction party on 21 September.

    • 01. OCT. 2017

      Before the onset of winter, the window frames were fastened in place and the window panes inserted. The building now has a weatherproof outer shell.

      01. NOV. 2017

      From November, the workers will focus on the interior spaces, such as installing floor coverings and cladding the ceilings.

  • Conversion and construction: a timeline

    • The exterior façade takes shape

    • 01. DEC. 2017

      In the new building’s corridor, the floor heating pipes are laid before the final flooring. The bright and uncluttered access to the rooms is accompanied by repetitive window formats that reveal the grid-like structure of the façade.

      01. JAN. 2018

      The banister in the renovated main building was fitted. The colour was selected to match the old Bern steel bridge constructions.

    • 01. FEB. 2018

      The scaffolding was removed to allow work on the exterior spaces to begin.

  • Conversion and construction: a timeline

    November 2016: Work on the conversion and new building begins with active support from company management

  • Conversion and construction: a timeline

    15. NOV. 2016

    Finally, the builders can get started.

    01. JAN. 2017

    The old sleeping quarters are dismantled.

  • Conversion and construction: a timeline

    01. MAR. 2017

    The foundations are laid for the new building.

    01. MAY. 2017

    The prefabricated wash rooms are installed in place.

  • Conversion and construction: a timeline

    The best views from a dormitory...

  • Conversion and construction: a timeline

    01. AUG. 2017

    The wooden frame for the roof is finished and tiled.

    21. SEP. 2017

    After almost a year of construction work, the first stage of the conversion and new building of Bern Youth Hostel is completed according to plan. The work of everyone involved was celebrated at the construction party on 21 September.

  • Conversion and construction: a timeline

    01. OCT. 2017

    Before the onset of winter, the window frames were fastened in place and the window panes inserted. The building now has a weatherproof outer shell.

    01. NOV. 2017

    From November, the workers will focus on the interior spaces, such as installing floor coverings and cladding the ceilings.

  • Conversion and construction: a timeline

    The exterior façade takes shape

  • Conversion and construction: a timeline

    01. DEC. 2017

    In the new building’s corridor, the floor heating pipes are laid before the final flooring. The bright and uncluttered access to the rooms is accompanied by repetitive window formats that reveal the grid-like structure of the façade.

    01. JAN. 2018

    The banister in the renovated main building was fitted. The colour was selected to match the old Bern steel bridge constructions.

  • Conversion and construction: a timeline

    01. FEB. 2018

    The scaffolding was removed to allow work on the exterior spaces to begin.

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