It’s the new generation of youth hostels – innovative, integrative and international - and has recently opened in Bayreuth, Germany. The fluid structure is integrated into the landscape, with 2. contemporary materials and holistic sustainability – a place for active people of all abilities. LAVA’s concept for the sports hostel is:1. Innovative– inventive new spatial configuration of the whole facility, including individual room modules, material use and design2. Integrated–inclusive ‘barrier-free’ building, with sporting areas merging directly with the building, and accessible spaces, facilities and grounds3. International-the design from creates a feeling of place and combines it with contemporary elements Bayreuth’s global partner cities. LAVA chose a ‘Y’ shape for the 180-bed hostel because it cleverly generates a connective central space and interweaves the interior and exterior spaces, offering expansive views and multiple accessible openings to the sports fields and gardens.Research showed that Gen Y travellers want funky design, a special identity, access to community and unique experiences. Not just a clean bed and shower! So LAVA’s reinterpretation of a youth hostel features innovative spatial configurations that encourage interaction and accessibility; sustainability at functional, constructional and social levels; and integrated sporting facilities.
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