The client's interest was in creating an attractive, "flagship"urban hostel for a more design conscious market and dispel preconceived notions about hostelling. The design process began with an image analysis and the creation of an extensive list of design criteria. The team then consulted on site selection, favoring this downtown, adaptively-reused, 1888 building over sites that required new construction or were farther from public transportation. In the traditional hostel model, only guests have access to spaces beyond a small lobby and security desk. In this design, the first floor lobby, coffee bar, community meeting room, and activity room are publicly accessible and visible from the first floor storefront windows. A monumental stair connects guests to the second floor, where the guest kitchens, group dining spaces, library, game and TV rooms, and laundry rooms are located along with some private guest rooms. A half-landing on the stair allows guests to look down into the lobby and the stair's floor opening creates a visual connection from the second floor into the public spaces. The dining spaces and kitchens on the second floor are oriented towards the building's expansive second-level windows allowing people on the street to view the activity in these spaces. Capitalizing on the innate efficiency of hostel accommodations and building on adaptive reuse as a strategy, the team designed the hostel to achieve LEED Gold Certification. Sustainable and energy efficient features include high-performance space heating and cooling systems, building envelope enhancements, high recycled-content furniture and finishes, bicycle storage, reduced lighting power density, and regionally-sourced recycled building materials. Rather than specify photovoltaic panels, the design incorporates solar thermal panels to optimize hot water heating, a significant portion of the client's energy consumption. Signage and QR codes encourage travelers to learn more about the building's integrated sustainable strategy.