Set in the rolling woodlands of Bergen op Zoom, this hostel and education center is a sustainable and multifunctional building that sits in harmony with the natural surroundings. Stayokay’s Hostel, Natuurpodium’s education center, and Klimbos’ outdoor adventure company’s new development sits in complement with the Brabantse Wal landscape.

The organizing principle underlying this, is a blurring of landscape, building, and independent program (recreation, education and outdoor sports). Storey-high façades provide spectacular views of the surrounding forests and a patio garden at the center of the first floor forms the building’s “green heart”, giving visitors a firsthand experience of this exceptional area’s diverse local ecology.

In the approach to the design task, which included a combination of renovation and new build, P·A worked closely with the three organizations to translate their individual requirements into a multifunctional, and sustainable new building. As a result, space is flexible, and promotes a shared use of exhibition, meeting room, and workshop occupation. These can be partitioned off with large sliding doors, resulting in a 25% reduction in building size, when comparing the new building to the old.

This conservation was also applied in the repurposing of old building material into bespoke furnishings for the new spaces, as well as designing-in dual purpose wherever possible. The building itself is comprised of bio-based materials, which can be disassembled and repurposed for future use. In this respect, space, material and purpose work in complement to ensure a strong cohesion between landscape, building, and time.

 
 
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Frans Suijkerbuijk

client for the ‘natuurpodium’, project leader at the Municipality of Bergen op Zoom

"The building exceeded my expectations in every respect and, more importantly, it is a great success: both from a commercial and educational standpoint. A quintessential example of an effective public-private partnership. Magnificent!"

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PETER COFFENG

client for the hostel, head of NJHC real estate (Stayokay)
 

"Maarten and Sander are committed architects always striving for an optimal realization of their designs. A perfect example of this is the Stayokay hostel in Bergen op Zoom that, after a delay, finally got the viewing tower it deserves!"

 

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yvonne kammeijer

alderman (wethouder) for the Municipality of Bergen op Zoom

"When Maarten first showed up at my office to present the initial plans I was sold on them immediately. P·A demonstrates exceptional passion, enthusiasm and professional expertise! This facility has made the city’s ambition to be greener and more sustainable truly tangible."

view from above illustrating different layers of landscape, both surrounding and drawn into the main building

view from above illustrating different layers of landscape, both surrounding and drawn into the main building

view on entrance with podium leading to the educational roof garden

view on entrance with podium leading to the educational roof garden

the education centre cantilevered over the terrace, providing shelter for all seasons

the education centre cantilevered over the terrace, providing shelter for all seasons

section illustrating the surrounding landscape’s connection to the building on all levels

section illustrating the surrounding landscape’s connection to the building on all levels

the windows in the restaurant create a strong connection to the surrounding landscape

the windows in the restaurant create a strong connection to the surrounding landscape

auditorium with hanging birch trunks for scensory and acoustic comfort

auditorium with hanging birch trunks for scensory and acoustic comfort

exploded view illustrating the flexibility of the building

exploded view illustrating the flexibility of the building

central void connecting all functions

central void connecting all functions

meeting room with refurbished second hand chairs, cradle-to-cradle tables made of the old building structure and biobased display cabinets

meeting room with refurbished second hand chairs, cradle-to-cradle tables made of the old building structure and biobased display cabinets

ground floor plan

ground floor plan

first floor plan

first floor plan

educational roof garden decorated with elements from the surrounding forest

educational roof garden decorated with elements from the surrounding forest

local biotope as inspiration for the landscape design: heath, sand, birch and fir trees

local biotope as inspiration for the landscape design: heath, sand, birch and fir trees

the complete ensemble seen form above with the swimming pool turned basketball court in its centre

the complete ensemble seen form above with the swimming pool turned basketball court in its centre

 

client
Stayokay / NJHC Beheer, Gemeente Bergen op Zoom

address
Boslustweg, Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands

completed
2015

contractor
Bouwbedrijf Boot, Breda / Van Laarhoven Sloopwerken, Dongen / Van Eijk interieurbouw, Nieuw-Lekkerland

collaborations
EMMERIK garden design and research, Daily Milk, Kimmo de Reuver

advisors
IMd Raadgevende Ingenieurs, Adviesbureau VanderWeele

role P·A
architect, interior architect for Stayokay Hostel (in collaboration with Helge Doctors van Leeuwen), landscape architect (in collaboration with EMMERIK), interior exhibition designer (in collaboration with Kimmo de Reuver), project management & construction management

project photos
Ossip van Duivenbode