Bremen Youth Hostel
The extension of a youth hostel overlooking the river Weser in Bremen was Raumzeit's first project. Their loyalty to the spirit of Modernism is immediately visible as their dormitory wing docks directly onto the existing 1955 building, a sober post-war cube. This building has also been restructured, so that the internal layout of old and new is now identical: a central corridor with rooms down either side. For the exterior, Raumzeit have chosen a strong contrast to the existing building, cladding their new seven-storey structure with coloured glass panels point-fixed to the ventilated façade. Equally unusual for a youth hostel is the fact that the staggered rectangular windows can be fully opened like French windows. Between the two miniature high-rise blocks, the entrance area fills out the plot. This two-storey segment has a skylit 'atrium', framed by an 'access spiral', a stone-clad staircase in whose form and details the architects invested considerable ingenuity.