Set in the tranquil woodlands of Soest in the Dutch province of Utrecht, this hostel and hospitality complex was formerly comprised of ad hoc additions which lacked a clear visual order. To draw out the inherent aesthetic qualities of the historic buildings and establish a clear cohesion between the functions of the complex, P·A’s strategy included both demolition of underfunctioning buildings, and the subtle introduction of a new form.
The historic buildings have been fully restored, and their connection to each other enhanced through the insertion of a new build element with wood finishing that gently contrasts with the brick of the historic forms, and blends with the surrounding woods. Its L-shaped form carves a courtyard in the interior of the complex, providing additional space for visitors to gather. It also accommodates additional spaces for overnight guests, and hospitality services.
With this reorganization, spatial efficiency is enhanced: common areas are clustered and spaces designated for different target groups, making the complex easier to manage and maintain. The hostel complex is vibrant and convivial at both peak and shoulder seasons.