hostel + bath : spatial fluidity + continuous surface

located on geary street in san francisco, this hostel features an ancillary bath program. community baths and pools were historically common in many neighborhoods, sometimes supplied by salt water pumped in long pipes from the ocean. a dense matrix of bed modules makes up the north side of the building. the hostel's bath program is split vertically, with community baths on the lower two floors and guest baths distributed within the floors above. 

this project is based on two constraints of hostel design and culture: first, the reality of limited privacy {the locker and the bathroom stall as the only truly private areas} and second, the need for flexible, multi-use areas. the hostel uses continuous surface to create spatial fluidity and qualitative difference across programmatic change. the path from bed to bath is an articulated interior topography—keyed by material transitions, light, and water quality.

the interior topographies are enclosed in a folded, double wrapper. the outer layer is insulation-backed, corrugated metal and the inner layer is translucent, corrugated fiberglass. operative double windows hinge open to let light and air through the layers. on the south side, the double skin sandwiches water pipes and daylights small greenhouse zones.

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