Bayreuth Youth Hostel by LAVA

Bayreuth Youth Hostel

Bayreuth Youth HostelThe letter ‘Y’ is the shape of a new 180-bed sports youth hostel in Bayreuth, Germany. LAVA chose the ‘Y’ shape because it generates a connective and beautiful space offering expansive views and multiple openings to the sport fields and gardens.
Bayreuth Youth HostelBayreuth provides a stunning location and a unique opportunity to develop a prototype of a new sports hostel, a benchmark, that further develops the traditional hostel through innovative spatial configurations, sustainability at environmental, structural and social levels and integrated sporting facilities directly adjacent to the building: a place that invites active use and relaxation.
Bayreuth Youth HostelThe designer age means Gen Y travellers want funky design, access to online and community, unique experiences, not just a clean bed and shower. LAVA’s design is a yardstick for the sports hostel of the future through innovative spatial configurations, sustainability at environmental, and structural and social levels, and integrated sporting facilities.
Bayreuth Youth HostelThe Y shape also creates a central atrium, a hub for offline as well as online interaction, a meeting space that provides entertainment, interaction, comfort and communication. An amphitheatre in the middle connects the different levels in a playful way.
Bayreuth Youth HostelA skylight provides natural daylight whilst horizontal and diagonal sightlines direct guests to different functions in the building such as reception, seminar rooms, dining, kitchen, spread out over two floors and connected to each other via this central atrium. Each wing of the Y has access to the exterior at the end, and many ‘loops’ combining inside and outside come together at the central point of the Y.
Bayreuth Youth HostelThe wider arm houses public functions: kitchen and canteen on ground level, seminar rooms on first floor; and both are connected via the hall and stairs and have direct access to outside. The visionary design is marked by intelligent organisation (easy to find things, get in contact, spend time together, connect inside to outside activities, rooms become viewing spots for sport activities).
Bayreuth Youth HostelThis integrated concept fulfils the hostel motto: ‘experience community’ and goes beyond it: ‘experience the unexpected’ – not the youth hostel as people know it. It’s this organisation – creating a stage for activities – separating individual from group spaces but bringing people together in an open internal landscape that is unique. This is budget accommodation, but it offers spatial fluidity and other spatial experiences not available even in expensive hotels. Source by LAVA.
Bayreuth Youth HostelLocation: Bayreuth, Germany
Architects: LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture)
Partners: Wenzel+Wenzel, Engelsmann Peters, IBT PAN
Size: 3,400 sq m
Capacity: 180-bed
Year: 2014
Construction: early 2015
Client: Bavarian Youth Hostel Association
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