Drastic measures were necessary to transform the messy and ad hoc grown complex into an attractive ensemble that seems to have 'landed' on the forest soil. Some of the existing buildings were demolished and a part was provided with a new façade and layout. The historic buildings have been restored to their former glory and connected by means of a new building component. Efficient use of the space makes it possible for more different target groups to stay on a smaller floor space in the new hostel, which greatly improves the usage of the hostel. Clustering the common areas in combination with the compact design of the public spaces ensures that it is always a pleasant and convivial space, both at peak hours and during low season.

 
 
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Michiel van Veelen

director Outdoor Medicine

"We have been using this location as a training facility for years, everything is possible here, we have even done exercises on the sand drift around the corner with the 4x4 ambulances of the airmobile brigade! The complex lends itself perfectly for the different needs of our groups: theory lessons in the meeting rooms, scenario training in the open air, practicing to make fire and a drink at the campfire at the end of the day. It is remarkable to experience how this complex contributes to the success of the course. "

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Anne breemer

manager at Stayokay Soest

"To this day we continue to receive compliments from guests and business partners. In particular, they comment on the on the surprisingly spacious layout, the delightful open courtyard and the harmony between the original and new built structures."

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Maarten Polkamp

architect en project management P·A

"Looking back, it is courageous of Stayokay that they went along in our vision of the assignment, which was quite different from their own ideas: instead of renovating, we proposed to demolish a large part of the complex! I enjoy the moments most that I visit the hostel unannounced, and then see a variety of guests crisscrossing, a football team, a group of musicians, an older couple and a group of colleagues on a day out. Then you feel that we have made a robust building where everything is possible and everyone feels at home."

  front view with main entrance building and modern additions

front view with main entrance building and modern additions

  inner courtyard with fern garden and oak tree

inner courtyard with fern garden and oak tree

  renovated Douglas-clad guestrooms looking onto forest

renovated Douglas-clad guestrooms looking onto forest

  interior of main entrance building with bar and mezzanine

interior of main entrance building with bar and mezzanine

  view on mezzanine

view on mezzanine

  view from mezzanine showing void, office and meeting room

view from mezzanine showing void, office and meeting room

  oak tree surrounded by a pergola with sunscreens offering a filtered view on the surrounding forest

oak tree surrounded by a pergola with sunscreens offering a filtered view on the surrounding forest

  elevated terrace connecting all building parts

elevated terrace connecting all building parts

  the restaurant connecting two original buildings

the restaurant connecting two original buildings

  dark slits in Douglas cladding show individual guestrooms

dark slits in Douglas cladding show individual guestrooms

  grass areas make great picknick spots

grass areas make great picknick spots

 
  ground floor plan

ground floor plan

  first floor plan

first floor plan

 

client
Stayokay / NJHC Beheer

address
Bosstraat, Soest, The Netherlands

completed
2012

collaborations
Studio Edward van Vliet, EMMERIK garden design and research

advisors
IMd Raadgevende Ingenieurs, Deerns

role P·A
architect, interior architect (collaboration SEVV), landscape architect (collaboration EMMERIK) and building management

project photos
René de Wit