A So­cial Hos­tel with a Colour­fulPast

Ekaruna - - News Round Up -

With the help of de­sign­ers Nele Van Damme and Yan­nick Baeyens, the Back­stay Hos­tel in Ghent, Bel­gium, is hop­ing to change the per­cep­tion of hos­tels. Ini­tially open­ing in 2014, the hos­tel took over an old build­ing that was first used as the ed­i­to­rial of­fice of the news­pa­per, Vooruit, and then a cul­tural cen­tre named Back­stage. With a rich de­sign history, the build­ing is now pro­tected as an Art Deco mon­u­ment. Brun­faut ar­chi­tects de­signed the frosted glass front, and the Art Deco theme runs from here through to the lobby. The en­tire area is painted a vi­brant sun­shine yel­low, draw­ing guests in­side with its eye-catch­ing ap­pear­ance. The hos­tel is lo­cated right in the mid­dle of the lo­cal univer­sity, close to an art cen­tre and mere min­utes away from the his­toric city cen­tre. With over 15 rooms and 108 beds, it is one of the largest hos­tels in the Ghent re­gion. In mem­ory of the build­ing’s ed­i­to­rial past, the ground floor bar is dec­o­rated with hun­dreds of old type­set­ting letters. To welcome guests from around the world, colour­ful globes hang from the ceil­ing. In­cor­po­rat­ing both his­tor­i­cal and on-trend as­pects, the hos­tel works hard to be seen as a fun, easy go­ing space that still em­braces its rich his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural past, mak­ing it a hotspot in what is un­doubt­edly a vi­brant city. For those who wish to have some pri­vacy, the hos­tel of­fers sin­gle rooms as well. Ev­ery floor has been as­signed a dif­fer­ent colour, which is il­lus­trated by soft light­ing that fil­ters into each of the sleep­ing ar­eas through opaque win­dows. As well as stacks of bunk beds, the rooms are filled with fun fea­tures such as colour­ful al­bum cov­ers and Lego ban­ners that cover the walls. There is even a blog­ging room that en­cour­ages cre­ative minds to sit and write dur­ing their stay.

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