브라질 쌍파울로에 위치한 호스텔이 추구하는 공간은 이전시간을 현재의 공간 속에
고스란히 담아내는 어울림에 있습니다.
1900년대 초에 지어진 대저택을 새로운 형태의 호스텔로 리뉴얼하는 프로젝트는
앞서 이야기 한것처럼 과거와 현재를 동시간대에 존재시키는데 있습니다.
이러한 건축적 특징은 낡은 유리창 프레임에 보이며 벼룩시장에서 구입한
빈티지스러운 가구들에도 보입니다. 그렇다고 낡음의 미학만을 추구하는 것은 아닙니다.
화이트 앤 블랙으로 구성된 현대적 모던디자인 위에 디자인된 독특한 타이포그래피처럼
인테리어는 고전스러움과 더불어 현대적인 생동감을 추구합니다.
이러한 앙상블 속에 호스텔은 이전 숙박시설과는 차별화 되는 노스텔지아의 분위기와
합리적인 내부공간을 갖게 됩니다.
reviewed by SJ
The creation of 'We' Hostel in São Paulo, Brazil, was the realisation of a dream for architect Felipe Hess. The opportunity to create a design hostel was one that Hess simply couldn't refuse, 'One of my best friends, Guilherme Perez,
who I have known for over 15 years, called me one day and said that he
wanted to start something new. He wanted to create a new hostel in São Paulo; the first design hostel in the city.’
The result of this ambition, joint vision and friendship is now a
special building that stands as testament to a lot of work and even more
Hess and Perez searched for the perfect house to convert and came across a stunning white mansion built in the early 1900s, the age and character of which was carefully considered and complimented in the design. Many traditional features have been preserved and showcased such as stained glass windows and original vitral in the main house which were encouraged to shine within the scheme. The white background proved to be a great canvas for both existing features as well as new additions such as the graphic design by Rodrigo Marangoni.
Each piece of furniture now mixed with modern furnishings has
been carefully sourced from flea markets and many pieces have been
lovingly restored, giving the overall design a personal touch and
individual character. The use of urban touches such as the use
of black on the window frames really highlights features such as the
shutters and stunning original floors. Eclectic vintage lamps, coffee
tables and chairs give the hostel a homely and comfortable feel which
brings together the traditional building and strong new design touches,
such as the different coloured bathrooms which full of character have
been kept in-keeping with the house then given a rejuvenating splash of
Every component of the design has been included to enhance the aesthetic, whilst also providing a unique and welcoming function. The long black shelf that was built to house books about the city and the bold red desk, designed by Felipe, sit cheerfully in the entrance where guests are fully welcomed. Some of the bathrooms and the simple yet very relaxing bedrooms open onto the calm patio space; the perfect place to unwind and socialise over food and drinks. The kitchen is industrial and functional and there's a glass entertainment room in which a low ceiling has been imaginatively painted with blackboard paint to allow visitors to leave messages, all in all a joyful and inclusive space.
'We' Hostel is a beautiful place to visit. It started as a dream project and the result is a dream design hostel, the first of its kind in San Paulo, and one that will be welcomed and enjoyed for years to come.