Archinect - News 2017-09-20T19:53:31-04:00 JDS to Design New Youth Center in Lille, France Alexander Walter 2011-10-28T14:39:00-04:00 >2012-09-29T13:01:59-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>JDS / Julien De Smedt Architects have just signed the contract to execute their first French project for the city of Lille. The project that houses a youth hostel, a kindergarten and offices is the result of an invited competition that JDS won in collaboration with EGIS, Agence Franck Boutt&eacute; Consultants, and SL2EC.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here</a> for JDS Architects' Archinect Firm Profile.</p> Talk about adaptive re-use: Baltic style Nam Henderson 2011-07-07T21:08:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T13:38:12-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Prora was designed to accommodate 20,000 people in one go. Hitler was convinced Germany lost World War I because its population lost its nerve. His idea was to create cheap package holidays to wed the nation to Nazism and to shape happy, strong, well-rested new generations capable of winning the next war.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Germany's newest youth hostel offers access to one of the best beaches the Baltic has to offer. Sunseekers are flocking to the place, which is booked out for the summer season and is already receiving bookings for summer 2012. The&nbsp;hostel stands just meters away from one of the best beaches the Baltic Sea has to offer, but is located in a building with a deeply troubled past.&nbsp;The 400-bed hostel, which calls itself "the longest youth hostel in the world," was opened on July 1 in a gigantic former Nazi holiday hotel that stretches for 4.5 kilometers (2.8 miles) along the coast of the island of R&uuml;gen at the resort of Prora.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p>