Project NameHostel Jyväskylä, Finland, by Studio Puisto
Photographer DetailsPauliina Salonen
Designed by Finnish firm Studio Puisto, the budget hostel provides micro-accomodation in the Finnish City of Jyväskylä. Jyväskylä is the largest city in the Central Finland area, in the Finnish Lakelands. The city is known for having many buildings designed by famed Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto.
The project rejuvenated and refitted a derelict 1953 office building, previously operating as a bank. The total project area is 1043m2.
The ground floor of the building has direct access to a basement, which houses a restaurant, and an elegant conversion of the old bank vault into a spa and sauna area. The restaurant is used as a cool-off zone for the sauna when not in operation.
The upper floors, from 2-4 are planned almost identically. There are three bedroom types on each of these floors, allowing maximum flexibility for guest accomodation. There is also communal bathrooms and kitchen facilities.
The size of the bedrooms has been purposely reduced, giving prominence to communal lounges and the lobby. This also expands the living areas outside the bedrooms, stimulating a communal atmosphere in the hostel. The floor plan is optimised for interaction between guests.
The key elements of the hostel, from efficiency to communality, make up for a fresh type of accommodation in the bustling centre of Jyväskylä.
The Hostel’s interior extensively utilises plywood. The reception is located on the ground floor of the building, where ther is also a small food outlet operated by a separate restaurant business. The simple natural style and plywood furnishings of the reception area continue throughout the building.
The building was previously used as a bank. Preservation of the buildings history was ensured by keeping the reinforced concrete bank vault. The fortress-like basement vault has been given a new function as a jacuzzi section. The dark tiles are contrasted by the the lighter tones of the alder-coated vault, which also houses a sauna and toilet facilities.
Super compact ‘mini rooms’ line the exterior walls of the building. Plywood beds fill most of the room, taking up the entire width, and raised to the height of the window sill. Each bed system contains a drawer also made from plywood, along with a fridge. The perimeter rooms also house double bed rooms, while further bedrooms and communal spaces operate in the centre of the layout.
The colour palette of the hostel remains consistent throughout- black, white, and exposed wood. Walls and furniture are lined with domestic birch plywood, while floors are all linoleum.