Native Hostel purveyed a new breed of hostels when it combined affordable accommodations with modern design and entertaining experiences. Werd was challenged to turn a century-plus old building into an interactive multi-faceted space without damaging or taking away from the original structure.
Within Native is a hostel, bar, and event space in which Werd skillfully designed an infrastructure and integrated component system that is easy and accessible for a 24/7 staff. Within the veins of Werd chants the mantra of ‘room-to-grow,’ so scalability and future-proofing was at the forefront of the design process.
Through close collaboration with the owners and construction teams, Werd was able to navigate the challenges from conception through execution that arise from working within a historic building. The end result is a compartmentalized space that has become a hotspot for leisure and business-minded people alike, while accommodating major brands for activations during international festivals such as SXSW and ACL.
WHAT WE DID
Scope - Designed and executed an automated AV 70V audio system as well as implemented WiFi integration and management in the cafe, bar, event space, and guest rooms.
Cross-functional Collaboration - Strategized with the architect, GC, and client to develop the logistics of implementation
Technical Design - Designed a multi-zone and multi-input system for audio with customized input and output ports along with a complete WiFi network with private and guest access, POS IP setup, remote management, and live stream capabilities.
Programming - Network and systems integrations, management, system tuning, and controller setup
Prime Contractor - Icon Design Build
Architect - Nichols Engineering
Electrician - Southern Cross Electric
Interior Designer - Joel Mozersky Design
AV Partner - Austin Home Media