The Designer Hostel!
Over the past year or so we have seen a remarkable rise in “designer” hostels across Europe and many of them have featured on this blog, today’s feature project is easily my favorite one so far. Generator Hostel is based in Copenhagen, Denmark and is just too awesome. The project was designed by The Design Agency and is all about being cheap chic whilst super funky and cool as described by the designers below:
Generator Copenhagen combines the practicality and stylishness of Denmark with the social energy and youthfulness of the Generator brand. Centrally located just off Copenhagen’s Kongens Nytorv Square, the six-storey hostel transforms a Philippe Starck-designed apartment building. Its former social spaces and furnishings presented a great starting point for a lively and playful interior that mixes high design with cheap chic.
At street level, a flexible space is used as a pop-up shop or gallery. A side entrance elevator lobby with illustrations of Copenhagen by local artist Tim Bjorn leads guests to the reception area. There, Generator’s signature ‘G’ sculpture–in this case lit with colour-changing LED lights, mixes with layered textures and materials and a mix of signature furnishings reclaimed from the apartment.
A runway leads guests from reception along the canteen and travel information areas to a small café, opening at the bar and disco. Beyond, large socializing lounges are furnished by local manufacturers such as HAY, Bolia and Muuto. The lounges can be separated as required with custom-designed movable dividers covered in Piet Hein Eek’s Scrapwood Wallpaper and punched with antique wooden windows.
Unfortunately I am now past the days of using hostels on my travels, which is regrettable as since I last went travelling around hostels have improved a million fold with this project being easily the best I have seen yet, check out the images below to see why I love this stylish and eclectic project so much 🙂
Photography Credited to Nikolas Koenig