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LAVA reveals Y-shaped youth hostel

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[FIRST LOOK + PLANS + PROJECT DATA] Berlin-based Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) has revealed this competition-winning design for a new youth hostel in Bayreuth, Germany

The 180-bed, Y-shaped building features a central daylit atrium which acts as hub for entertainment.

The hostel also includes a reception, seminar rooms, kitchen and bistro, sports and games facilities spread over two floors.

Tobias Wallisser, director of LAVA, said: ‘We are in the designer age, when Gen Y travellers want funky design, a special identity, access to online and community and unique experiences, not just a clean bed and shower.’

He added: ‘[We] 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’!’

Construction is set to start on the scheme in 2015.


The architect’s view

‘We chose the letter ‘Y’ shape because the geometry creates a building shape that interweaves interior and exterior space. It offers views to three directions, creates natural openings to the sport fields, terraces and gardens, which find their place in between the longer parts of the building. Inside and outside merge.

‘The 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.

‘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. The 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.’


Project data

Location Bayreuth, Germany
Type of project youth hostel
Client Bavarian Youth Hostel Association
Architect Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA)
Architect (cost, planning) Wenzel+Wenzel
Landscape consultant IB Riede
Structural engineer Engelsmann Peters
Start on site date 2015

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