Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark

Zandpad 5
Stadsdeel Zuid
C.B. Posthumus Meyjes
Tram 1, 2, 5, 7, 10 (halte Leidseplein)
Bron: Marlies Buurman & Flora van Gaalen, Room Service, Amsterdam 2007, p.44-45.

Youth hostel with a history

In 1891, Jeltje de Bosch Kemper and Hendrina H. Scholten-Commelin opened a domestic science school at 293 Prinsengracht. It was a great success and very soon the school had outgrown the building. A site on Zandpad in Vondelpark was then bought for the ‘society for the preservation and management of the Amsterdam domestic science school’ and the architect C.B. Posthumus Meyjes (1858-1927) was engaged to design the new building.

During his studies, Posthumus Meyjes had been influenced by neo-Renaissance architecture and he remained faithful to this style throughout his career, although he also employed a style inspired by Berlage, a modern rounded arch style and the chalet style. The school in Vondelpark is built in the chalet style. The freestanding building is situated directly opposite one of the park’s main entrances and is set back from the building line. It has a basement and three storeys and a timber roof storey under a hipped roof.

A bluestone flight of stairs leads to the entrance to the main storey, which is situated under a pent-roof. The central entrance section is further emphasized by a wooden balcony over the entire width of the first storey, with a wooden loggia under a projecting cornice in the middle bay. Above the windows of the first storey are two stone tablets on which the name of the school is carved: ‘Amsterdamsche Huishoudschool’. The building is a listed monument because of the characteristic combination of half-timbering and chalet style and the fact that it forms part of the distinctive open development along Zandpad. In 1974, the building was converted into a youth hostel and recently a new wing was added by the architectural firm Boerstra and Partners. (ARCAM/BU/FG)