LAVA conceives Y-shaped bayreuth youth hostel in germany
LAVA conceives Y-shaped bayreuth youth hostel in germany LAVA conceives Y-shaped bayreuth youth hostel in germany
sep 29, 2014

LAVA conceives Y-shaped bayreuth youth hostel in germany

LAVA conceives Y-shaped bayreuth youth hostel in germany
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based on functional and representational purposes, international architecture office LAVA has conceived the ‘bayreuth youth hostel’ with a Y-shaped overall building form. the scheme is conscious of attitudes held by generation-Y travelers, and seeks to provide a, ‘funky design, and special identity,’ with, ‘access to online and community experiences, not just a clean bed and shower.’ most importantly, the three-pronged geometry allows for clear circulation centered around a prominent central atrium, which is well connected with each hallway appendage and exterior sports fields and gardens. located in germany, the 180-bed facility is currently in design development phase, with plans for construction to begin in early 2015.

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the skylit atrium acts as a well-connected social space at the center of the building




the central atrium serves as a hub for social activity as well as internet access, with a large skylight to emphasize the area as a focal point. the space features a large amphitheater which provides circulation between floor levels while also functioning as a place to sit and gather. beyond the various bedroom types, the program includes a reception, seminar rooms, bistro, kitchen and game areas. as a sports hostel, the building integrates various recreational facilities, and is surrounded by a large grassy landscape.

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the building is surrounded by a grassy landscape made up of sports fields and gardens




the design is supported by carefully considered bedroom module layouts, with flexible walls, built-in furniture and integrated washrooms and bed niches. additionally, the building is a, ‘prototype of a barrier-free building, with rooms, grounds, and sports fields all wheelchair accessible.’

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floor plan perspective / level 0

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floor plan perspective / level +1

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room module types and layout

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typical ‘standard modules’ wing arrangement

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room modules concept diagrams

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elements of ‘standard room’

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sections of room modules





project info:


location: bayreuth, germany
date: 2014-
client: bavarian youth hostel association, bavaria (DJH bayern)
status (as of 09.2014): detail design (LPH 4)
size: 3,400 sqm
LAVA: chris bosse, tobias wallisser, alexander rieck / julian fahrenkamp, nicola schunter, paula gonzalez, jan kozerski, elise elsacker, myung lee; competition team: sebastian schott, stephan albrecht, stefanie pesel
partner architects (cost, planning): wenzel+wenzel
structural design: engelsmann peters, stuttgart/graz
mechanical engineering: IBT PAN, berlin
fire and building physics: bauart, münchen
landscape: IB riede, nürnberg
kitchen: b.o.b.

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