As Hostel by Cao Pu

The main concept of the As Hostel by Cao Pu in Beijing is to understand the experience of a Hostel not only like a state where the travellers need to share but in how the space must be shared by all.

The experience of connecting people using the space makes the As Hostel by Cao Pu a great socialising space. The idea of the shared spaces and the more intimate ones, and the closed áreas without being conventional hostels rooms but accentuating the difference between private and public spaces.

The modular structures correlate generating an interior camping space in the As Hostel. 

The open space is divided by Little cabins that frame the public and private spaces. The Cabins are not displayed in order but are randomly displayed creating games of volumes in the inside of the As Hostel by Cao Pu. In this way the user has the possibility of being In a generic space but at the same time feel protected by his own private house.


The As Hostel by Cao Pu is based in the conceptualisation of a small village in an interior space. The inhabitants each have their own space but also must live in community. The design by Pao Cu was inspired by the musical festivals, where big congregations of people gather, but usually people build their own tents to feel protected, eat and sleep more intimately in their own space. In this spaces is where the division between public and private space coexist.

By building small tents in the open space, the bigger space is fragmented and smaller spaces of shelter are formed, the shape and size of the space determines the intimacy and degree of socialization that exists in every space. .

The alternative of a conventional hostel in which bedding occurs in closed rooms was to create this loft hostel where all the guests coexist in an open space. Having a single space shared by all gives a special connotation to the As Hostel. The timber bedding with polycarbonate is a modular structure that when single gives a single bed and when two modules unite it creates a double bed module. The different distributions creates interesting spaces where to gather and socialise. Other bigger communal spaces exist such as the cafeteria, the kitchen, and the main office. The modules can also be arranged for bigger groups to gather in the same space.

The lack of interior walls, makes all the space have the same light and view. The different altitudes of the blocks makes stairs, scales, storage spaces and a very cool interior camping experience.


Photography by Zhang Zheming