From 19th Century Villa to Destination Hostel in São Paulo by

Issue 78 · Heading South · June 27, 2013

From 19th Century Villa to Destination Hostel in São Paulo

Issue 78 · Heading South · June 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 Paulo, 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.

'We' Hostel in Sao Paolo, Brazil by Felipe Hess and Guilherme Perez, Remodelista

Above: The grand entrance with the original stained glass over the door to the 19th century mansion.

'We' Hostel in Sao Paolo, Brazil by Felipe Hess and Guilherme Perez, Remodelista

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. 

Midcentury furniture in 'We' Hostel in Sao Paolo, Brazil by Felipe Hess and Guilherme Perez, Remodelista

Above: The midcentury furniture was all sourced at flea markets and then restored.

Midcentury furniture in 'We' Hostel in Sao Paolo, Brazil by Felipe Hess and Guilherme Perez, Remodelista

Above: A vintage mirror is paired with purpose-built plastic laminate and plywood shelves.

blue midcentury lamp in 'We' Hostel in Sao Paolo, Brazil by Felipe Hess and Guilherme Perez, Remodelista

Above: The bookshelf is filled with tomes about São Paulo. 

'We' Hostel in Sao Paolo, Brazil by Felipe Hess and Guilherme Perez, Remodelista

Above: Midcentury furnishings and accessories update the 19th century fenestration and stained glass. 

Chalkboard paint ceiling in 'We' Hostel in Sao Paolo, Brazil by Felipe Hess and Guilherme Perez, Remodelista

Above: In the entertainment room, the ceiling has been painted with chalkboard paint, allowing visitors to leave messages. 

'We' Hostel in Sao Paolo, Brazil by Felipe Hess and Guilherme Perez, Remodelista

Above: The contrast of black and white adds drama. 

Industrial kitchen in 'We' Hostel in Sao Paolo, Brazil by Felipe Hess and Guilherme Perez, Remodelista

Above: The kitchen surfaces are durable and easy to maintain. A wire rail attached to the ceiling provides a framework for the hanging pendants. 

plywood and plastic laminate shelves in kitchen in 'We' Hostel in Sao Paolo, Brazil by Felipe Hess and Guilherme Perez, Remodelista

Above: The plastic laminate and plywood material used for the bookshelves in the common room are also used for kitchen storage.  

Dorm room in 'We' Hostel in Sao Paolo, Brazil by Felipe Hess and Guilherme Perez, Remodelista

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.

Bunk beds in 'We' Hostel in Sao Paolo, Brazil by Felipe Hess and Guilherme Perez, Remodelista

Above: Simple dorms and lockers provide a place to rest for young travelers. 

Bunk beds with individual reading lamps in 'We' Hostel in Sao Paolo, Brazil by Felipe Hess and Guilherme Perez, Remodelista

Above: A bedside lamp with shelf for every bed offers luxury in a hostel.

Blue bathroom in 'We' Hostel in Sao Paolo, Brazil by Felipe Hess and Guilherme Perez, Remodelista

Above: The bathrooms are tiled in cheery colors. 

A map below shows the location of We Hostel in São Paulo. 


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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



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