Time // 2013


Client // DJH


Location // Munich, Germany


Status // Competition, 1st Prize


Type // Leisure, Residential, Renovation


Size // 25.000 m²


Project Architect // Marvin Bratke


Team // Denis Hegic, Relana Hense, Konstantin Buhr, Ilias Klis, David Schwarz, Aleksandra Zaiko


Office // GRAFT [Putz, Krückeberg, Willemeit]

A space designed for the modern youth community that does not only take place in the built environment but also and increasingly in virtual spaces.



The design centers around the idea of “experiencing community.” The winning proposal enables exchange and communication whilst also alluding to the “established traditions of simple traveling, youthful curiosity and the thirst for encounter.” Connecting the historic quality of the building with the challenges of modern habits and traveling practices, their design “builds a bridge between origins and departure.”
Connecting the atrium, dining room and seminar rooms together, the interior also combines high-technology features with local wooden construction methods. The complex is big enough to host a number of visitors at the same time, turning the carved void into a lively and interactive space. Community does not only take place in the built environment but also and increasingly in virtual spaces. therefore, the lobby is both formally and virtually a ‘cloud’, where simple devices support the interaction between the guests: a modern ‘black board’ of graphics, QR-codes, miniscreens and projections of maps, as well as facebook and twitter pages are part of this communication space.
The façade of the historic existing building at the Wendl-Dietrich-Straße will be renovated according to official preservation orders. In addition to that, the distinctive entrance arches will be made usable on the inside through a delicate glass front system. The entire space of the youth hostel is handicapped accessible so that all spatial qualities are available to everybody.