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.