Sleeping pods come in two varieties: regular ones, situated in rows, and slightly fancier looking ones, built right behind book shelves. Although varying slightly in size, the comfort is similar and all pods are fitted out with reading lamps. And you’ve guessed it, all hostel guests makes use of a well-equipped shared bathroom.
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The kitchen’s outer walls are overlaid with panel boards of white lacquered wood, producing a clean and bright exterior, welcoming the passersby. This modular and tridimensional arrangement sets an easy-to-find rendezvous for the customer who wants to either just take a break from a long day’s shopping, or enjoy an exquisite diner among friends.
The public spaces have additionally been given a Dutch touch in the form of artwork. In collaboration with a graphic designer we used images from the Rijksmuseum and gave them a modern feel. By enlarging, cropping or distorting images and projecting these on walls and carpets, we’ve created surprising design elements.
The transformation of the premises has been inspired by both the history and park-side location of this former college building. The original lecture hall and science lab have been retained while other spaces have seen an equally meticulous transformation, using cool cartoon-like graphics and pops of colour.