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 facades provide spectacular views of the surrounding forests and a patio garden at the centre of the first floor forms its “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, Personal Architecture 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.
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!"
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!"
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."
Stayokay / NJHC Beheer, Gemeente Bergen op Zoom
Boslustweg, Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands
Bouwbedrijf Boot, Breda / Van Laarhoven Sloopwerken, Dongen / Van Eijk interieurbouw, Nieuw-Lekkerland
EMMERIK garden design and research, Daily Milk, Kimmo de Reuver
IMd Raadgevende Ingenieurs, Adviesbureau VanderWeele
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
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