Bergmeyer Associates

Bergmeyer Associates

Boston, MA


Hostelling International - Boston

Hostelling International’s interest was in creating a “flagship” urban hostel that would be attractive to a more design conscious market and dispel preconceived notions about hostelling in general. The design process began with an image analysis and the creation of an extensive list of design criteria. The team then consulted on site selection, favoring this downtown, adaptively-reused, 1888 building over sites that required new construction or were farther from public transportation.

In the traditional hostel model, only paying guests have access to spaces beyond a small lobby and security desk. In this design, the first floor lobby, coffee bar, community meeting room, and activity room are all publicly accessible and very visible from the first floor storefront windows. A monumental stair (behind the security line) connects guests to the second floor, where the guest kitchens, group dining spaces, library, game and TV rooms, and guest laundry rooms are located along with some private guest rooms. A half-landing on the stair allows guests to look back down into the lobby and the stair’s floor opening creates a visual connection from the second floor into the public spaces. The dining spaces and kitchens on the second floor are all oriented towards the building’s expansive second-level windows allowing people on the street to get a sense of the activity in these spaces as well.

Capitalizing on the innate efficiency of hostel accommodations and building on adaptive reuse as a strategy, the team designed the hostel to achieve LEED Gold Certification.

Winner of 2012 Boston Society of Architects Honor Award

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Status: Built
Location: Boston, MA, US
My Role: Architect
Additional Credits: Winner of 2012 Boston Society of Architects Honor Award
Status: Built
Location: Boston, MA
My Role: Architect
Stegman & Associates Architects (Associate Architect), Richard Mandelkorn Photography (Photographer)


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