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“Y” shaped youth hostel in Bayreuth, Germany by LAVA Architect
July 26th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: LAVA Architect
LAVA unveiled new visuals of the interiors and showcased a mock up of rooms at the official construction and groundbreaking ceremony.
“International, innovative and integral” is how the Bavarian Youth Hostel Association describes their new 3,400 sq m facility for active and sports guests. The 180–‐bed Youth Hostel will be the first to be fully integrative, especially equipped for disabled guests and employees. Rooms, grounds and sports fields will be all wheelchair accessible.
Tobias Wallisser, LAVA director, said: “Weare very excited to be involved in such a forward thinking and inclusive project.”
“We know that travelers today want funky design, a special identity, online access, community and unique experiences, not just a clean bed and shower. And so our design features spatial configurations that encourage interaction and accessibility. Sustainability occurs at environmental, and also structural and social levels. And whole wheelchair basketball teams can be accommodated in the flexible rooms!”
“Intelligent organization means it’s easy to find things, get in contact, spend time together, and connect inside to outside activities.”
The room typology is new – LAVA designed a modular wall system with modular contemporary custom built–‐in furniture accommodating washrooms and bed niches. The highly flexible walls between the rooms can be replaced and are fabricated as modular ‘furniture’ elements. The prototype was fabricated to test features like beds that can be used in different configurations.
“Mockups of the ‘barrier–‐free’ rooms were showcased at the ceremony. The rooms are all accessible by lift or ramps, whilst two thirds of the rooms on the ground floor have special bathrooms suitable for wheelchairs.”
Wood, concrete floors and ceilings create an industrial robustness with brightly coloured infills and strong graphics referencing sports activities or natural elements like tree canopies.
LAVA chose the ‘Y’ shape because it generates a connective and beautiful central space offering expansive views and multiple openings to the sports fields and gardens. And a happy coincidence its also the letter ‘Y’!
The central atrium is a hub for offline and online entertainment, interaction and communication. Here, a skylight provides natural daylight to a central amphitheatre that connects the different levels, whilst horizontal and diagonal sightlines direct guests to different building functions. Reception, seminar rooms, bistro, kitchen, sports and game facilities are spread out over two floors and connected to each other via the multipurpose central atrium.
The hostel will open early in 2017.
The Lord Mayor of Bayreuth, the president and the directors of the Bavarian chapter of the German Youth Hostel Association and members of the Bavarian Parliament attended the ceremony.
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