Interiors

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HOSTELLING INTERNATIONAL-USA BOSTON HOSTEL

HOSTELLING INTERNATIONAL-USA BOSTON HOSTEL

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The 480-bed hostel opened in June 2012 and is located in Boston’s Theater District in two-adjoining 19th century mercantile buildings. Stegman+Associates wrote the building program, produced space layouts and developed the overall aesthetic and interiors, blending modernism with a local’s love of Boston.  We selected furnishings like wing chairs and had them covered in modern fabrics and sharp colors, and designed the custom modular furniture to work with the scale of the loft-like lobby. S+A also collaborated with Gary Barsomian-Dietrich to create the custom tables made of wood beams salvaged from the building.

We found many ways to bring the city’s history into the design.  S+A conceived a signage system (produced by Advanced Signing) that incorporates images from each of the city’s subway lines onto doorplates, and custom lampshades with collages of Boston scenes. We staged display cases on the lobby stair that contain postcards, memorabilia and travel quotes selected by donors.  And murals at each elevator lobby use quirky images and quotes to celebrate local lore such as the cow paths that purportedly laid out city streets and the famous Prince spaghetti ad.  Every aspect of the design is meant to encourage interaction between guests and introduce them to Boston’s unique culture as well as to each other.

Rounder Records
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ROUNDER RECORDS

ROUNDER RECORDS

Rounder Records, the pre-eminent label for Bluegrass and Roots Music representing artists as diverse as Robert Plant, Alison Krause and Mr. Banjo, decided to renovate a 30,000 square foot “spec” office building into a new corporate headquarters. The space included 20,000 square feet for offices/workstations, conference rooms, media library, and community kitchens plus a 10,000 square foot warehouse.  The design goal was to bring a signature character to the existing non-descript interior, and represent the company’s historic roots while creating an open, communicative work environment.  Inspired by the 1913 Picasso collage “Guitare, journal, verre et bouteille” (Guitar, Newspaper, Glass and Bottle), the central areas took their plan form from musical instruments: a fragmented Guitar on the first floor and a Banjo on the second floor. Materials and forms suggest the agrarian roots of the music with corrugated metal, and refined expressions of barn boards and corn cribbing. Interconnectedness and day-lighting were achieved through fragmented forms and translucent materials, which transfers light and movement of people through to the core spaces.