The Student Hotel 代尔夫特 [荷兰]

The Student Hotel Delft, located centrally in the Nieuw Delft area development, is a new meeting place in the city to live, work, and study. The diversity of functions contributes to the dynamics of the station area. The new building connects with the bus square, the old station building and the new intercity station hall with municipal offices. Dialogue and openness towards the urban context were crucial for designing the latest destination of The Student Hotel (TSH) in The Netherlands.

The hybrid hotel concept combines high-end hotel functions with extraordinary short- and long-stay facilities for students. The ensemble with its 13,500 m2 includes 340 hotel rooms, a gym, restaurant, and a library. In addition, the program provides gaming and lounge rooms as well as several conference facilities and co-working areas.

The architecture of The Student Hotel mitigates between the scale of the buildings of the Phoenixstraat and the smaller grain of the Koendersbuurt. With its robust appearance and the recognisable traditional construction of plinth, main volume, and structure, the building offers a counterbalance to the glass dominated municipal office. The main volume consists of a sturdy ribbed concrete shell. The pronounced interior design underlines this feeling while the facade welcomes the passers-by with an interplay of reflection, light, and shadow.

All the public hotel functions are located in the plinth. Here storey-high glass panels and concrete columns alternate. The plinth's transparent design creates a vibrant streetscape and activates the station square towards the nearby park. On the floors above that have a more solid aspect with earthy colour, the communal student kitchens are visible in the open glass corners. The top presents a lighter tone and blurs in the cityscape. By positioning the rooms around a patio and inside the two towers, we have created an efficient and compact layout that fosters the community building.

KCAP worked in an integrated team with BAM for the design, using the latest digital techniques to control the entire process. The building is fully elaborated in a 3D model. These models not only provide added value in the building process but are also extremely suitable for visualisations and virtualisation.

In addition to community building and social interaction, sustainability is an essential focus in the design. The project distinguishes itself by using the latest installation, construction, and engineering techniques, like a soil-based thermal energy CHP system and application of circular economy for the interiors of the ground floor and common areas. Thanks to its position at a public transportation hub and a bicycle shed, The Student Hotel encourages sustainable mobility. The hotel in Delft is the first The Student Hotel in the Netherlands realised following BREEAM certification criteria.

With its clear architecture, The Student Hotel Delft contributes to a lively neighborhood and fosters togetherness in a unique dialogue between the students, hotel guests and the city of Delft.



Client The Student Hotel, Amsterdam
Program 13.500 m2 hotel complex with 340 hotel rooms, gym, restaurant, library, gaming and lounge spaces, classrooms, meeting rooms, co-working spaces and integrated bycicle parking facility
Time 2016 - 2020
Role Architect
Participating parties BAM Bouw en Techniek - Projects (contractor, structural engineering and planning), Bectro Installation technology (light and MEP), Nieman Raadgevende Ingenieurs (building physics, fire safety and sustainability), The Invisible Party together with TSH Design Studio (interior), The Fiction Factory (furniture and advice on sustainable materials), The Good Plastics Company (recycled plastic wall elements), Municipality of Delft
Awards Competition 1st prize, BREEAM ‘Very Good’