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From 19th Century Villa to Destination Hostel in São Paolo

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jun 28, 2013 01:05 AM
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by Christine Chang Hanway last modified Jun 27, 2013

Inspired by his own stays in design hostels during his backpacking travels through Australia, Guilherme Perez imported the concept to his beloved hometown of São Paolo, taking a 19th century villa in a historic neighborhood and converting it into We Hostel . Enlisting the help of his friend Brazilian architect Felipe Hess , Perez embraced the challenge with creative enthusiasm, setting a new standard for budget design travel. For more information, see  We Hostel .  Unless otherwise note, photography by Fran Parente via Yatzer . Above: The grand entrance with the original stained glass over the door to the 19th century mansion. Above L: A welcoming red desk marks the reception area under the grand staircase. Image via We Hostel .  Above R: A midcentury sound system occupies the corner of the common room.  Above: The midcentury furniture was all sourced at flea markets and then restored. Above: A vintage mirror is paired with purpose-built plastic laminate and plywood shelves. Above: The bookshelf is filled with tomes about São Paolo.  Above: Midcentury furnishings and accessories update the 19th century fenestration and stained glass.  Above: In the entertainment room, the ceiling has been painted with chalkboard paint, allowing visitors to leave messages.  Above: The contrast of black and white adds drama.  Above: The kitchen surfaces are durable and easy to maintain. A wire rail attached to the ceiling provides a framework for the hanging pendants.  Above: The plastic laminate and plywood material used for the bookshelves in the common room are also used for kitchen storage.   Above: The hostel’s creative director, Rodrigo Marangoni, designed simple signage while embedding smartphone-compatible QR codes, in order that guests can download everything from subway maps to music . Above: Simple dorms and lockers provide a place to rest for young travelers.  Above: A bedside lamp with shelf for every bed offers luxury in a hostel. Above: The bathrooms are tiled in cheery colors.  A map below shows the location of We Hostel in São Paolo.  View Larger Map   Interested in seeing other 'Design Hostels' around the world? See Hotels & Lodging: Danhostel in Copenhagen and The Ultimate Dorm Room: The Independente Hostel in Lisbon .   Vote for Your Favorites in Each Category Once a Day Remodelista Reader Finalists Remodelista Professional Finalists Gardenista Finalists Best Dining Space Best Dining Space Best Architectural Feature Best Office Space Best Office Space Best Indoor Garden Best Kitchen Space Best Kitchen Space Best Urban Garden Best Bath Space Best Bath Space Best Edible Garden Best Bedroom Space Best Bedroom Space Best Outdoor Room   Best Children’s Space  






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