Sustainable and multifunctional building where nature is literally brought right in through the front door. A diverse mix of amenities and occupants is seamlessly integrated in a smart floor plan that encourages visitors to explore various routes through and around the building. With the demountable wooden structure and the use of bio-based and recycled materials, the building fulfills its promise to be a green icon for the city of Bergen op Zoom.

 
 
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Frans Suijkerbuijk

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

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 showing different layers of landscape both surrounding and covering the main building

view from above showing different layers of landscape both surrounding and covering the main building

view on entrance with podium leading up to the educational roof garden

view on entrance with podium leading up to the educational roof garden

the floor of the education centre hovering over the terrace, giving it shelter in all seasons

the floor of the education centre hovering over the terrace, giving it shelter in all seasons

section showing the surrounding landscape entering the building on all levels

section showing the surrounding landscape entering the building on all levels

the windows in the restaurant create a strong connection with the surrounding nature

the windows in the restaurant create a strong connection with the surrounding nature

auditorium with hanging birch trunks for scent and acoustics

auditorium with hanging birch trunks for scent and acoustics

exploded view showing the flexibility of the building

exploded view showing 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 buildings structure and biobased display cabinets

meeting room with refurbished second hand chairs, cradle-to-cradle tables made of the old buildings 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

publications
coming soon

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