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Hostels À Go-Go: Crash Pads With A Latin Beat

  • PROJECT NAME Hostels Roundup
  • FIRM Multiple

In celebration of the summer months, Interior Design rounded up three far-flung hostels, each with their own particular flavor. At We Hostel Design in São Paulo, Brazil, by Felipe Hess Architect, a century-old mansion finds its funky side via flea-market furnishings and zingy accent colors. Letters and symbols against white walls create urban-style graphics. At Miami Beach's Freehand by Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors, old Havana meets summer camp—if the cabins came with serape throws, floral wallpaper, and vintage milk-glass pendant fixtures. And at Design Agency's Generator in Barcelona, Spain, a 1960's office building became an outpost of a hostel chain thanks to aluminum louvers and visible beneath them, a riot of colored lanterns.


1. Firm: Felipe Hess Architect.

Project: We Hostel Design, São Paulo, Brazil.

Standout: In a tony neighborhood, a century-old mansion finds its funky side via flea-market furnishings and zingy accent colors.


2. Firm: Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors.

Project: Freehand, Miami Beach.

Standout: Old Havana meets summer camp—if the cabins came with serape throws, floral wallpaper, and vintage milk-glass pendant fixtures.


3. Firm: Design Agency.

Project: Generator, Barcelona, Spain.

Standout: Now an outpost of a hostel chain, a 1960’s office building gained aluminum louvers and, visible beneath them, a riot of colored lanterns.