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OPEN AND CLOSE: A RETREAT DESIGN FOR AN INDOOR CAMPING STYLE HOSTEL Open Access

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The youth hostel has been loved as one of the most inexpensive accommodations by travelers for over 100 years. Usually, the purposes of using hostels can be classified roughly into two groups: getting a budget priced room or socializing. However, most hostel designs are based on dormitory formation, good for making travel companions but might not be comfortable for those requiring privacy. The motivation of this research is a question of how a design can make both groups satisfied during travel. This study will establish the requirements for providing a personal, supportive, and transformable retreat space for a hostel. The retreat will guarantee pleasing solitude for the users to avoid being disturbed, and the users themselves can re-form the composition of the retreat to create relationships between individuals. To create a personal retreat, as a micro architectural structure, the design process will find a way to protect comfortably the core: the user. To overcome the limited and poor answers of existing hostels, this retreat design provides the choice, so visitors can choose whether to close the retreat for resting alone or open it for socializing. Consequently, the guaranteed own space will give comfort and stability during travel without any stress about privacy issues. The autonomous programming will provide pleasures of meeting other travelers as a unique experience.

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