The letter ‘Y’ is the shape of a new 180-bed sports youth hostel in Bayreuth, Germany.
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.
LAVA chose the ‘Y’ shape because it generates a connective and beautiful central space offering expansive views and multiple openings to the sport fields and gardens. 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.
There are flexible room walls with contemporary modular ‘built-in furniture’ elements; and rooms, grounds and sports fields are all wheelchair accessible.
The designer age means Gen Y travellers want funky design, access to online and community, unique experiences, not just a clean bed and shower.
Construction starts in early 2015.