Southside Hospitatlity

A 3-in-1 base camp, community hub and crash pad.


At a Glimpse


The Crash Pad

29 Johnson Street

app. 5,000 sq. ft.

30 Beds


It’s no secret that Chattanooga is a destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Just consider the recent launch of River Rocks or the growing prevalence of SORBA or the endless excursions of Rock/Creek. Chattanooga’s natural resources fuel a growing demand for adventure, and an inspired new organization aims to provide a base camp and community hub for travelers convening on Chattanooga to satisfy their appetite for fun.

It’s called the Crash Pad, and it’s a hostel located in the heart of Chattanooga’s burgeoning Southside. In their own words, the Crash Pad will combine the affordability and camaraderie of a traditional hostel with the charm and cleanliness of a boutique hotel. To complete their vision, the owners enlisted the help of River Street Architecture and Collier Construction to design and build the two-story urban hostel.

The roughly 5,000 square foot structure will host as many as 30 travelers, and it is conveniently located only a short walk from artisan restaurants and coffee shops nearby. The Crash Pad will be built out of pre-cast insulated concrete walls and will feature solar panels, a vegetated exterior wall and a garden.


An existing structure will be recycled and re-purposed as part of the landscape, including two exterior walls which will be salvaged and left standing. The project is also aiming for LEED Gold certification, a measure of environmental sensitivity through sourcing regional materials with high recycled content, focusing on healthy indoor air quality, and maximizing energy and water efficiency.

The Crash Pad broke ground on December 1, and it is slated for completion in May. For more information about The Crash Pad, visit their website and check them out on facebook. And be sure to check back here for news and updated photography.