Hostelling International-USA Boston Hostel

The 480-bed hostel occupies two-adjoining 19th century mercantile buildings in Boston’s Theater District. S+A developed the building program and space layouts as well as constructed the interior details. A conscious blend of modernism with the local’s love of Boston was the driving thought behind the aesthetic design of the building. The loft-like lobby is furnished with classic wing chairs covered in modern fabrics and custom modular furniture. We also collaborated with Gary Barsomian-Dietrich to create custom tables from beams salvaged from the building.

Looking for multiple ways to bring 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. Wall murals at each elevator lobby introduce visitors to local lore with quirky images and custom lampshades show collages of Boston scenes. Every aspect of the design is meant to facilitate interaction among guests and introduce them to the unique culture of the city.


S+A were the Associate Architect with Bermeyer Associates, the Architect of Record. The project was the recipient of the 2012 BSA Award for Design Excellence.