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chateau dolní břežany

refurbishment of Chateau and new hotel

Conversion of the Archbishop chateau to a 4-star hotel and an addition of a new building in the garden was the topic of competition for invited architects. more

The position on a raised area close to a large roundabout makes this site perfectly visible. This post (it follows up from the simple rectangular structure of blocks of flats consisting of more or less monotonous buildings) downright challenges to become a visual centre, a sort of a reference point. The organically shaped, askew ´cut´ volume will be clearly visible and identifiable from cars passing by and when walking from the Metro. It will, at the same time, define a sort of an ´urban ´space´, an entry square between itself and the surrounding buildings. The building is positioned en face to this space; there are the lobby and entrances to the restaurant located here. The oval volume does not disturb the surrounding and respects all existing routes in the area that seem as if they ´flowed´ around it. We gave the building the above-mentioned oval shape with an internal atrium. Offices are arranged along the internal and external façade. The skew shape of the building is not designed at the expense of effectiveness – aside from giving the building the necessary dynamics, it allows to open the entrance lobby two stories up clearly establishing a clear-cut forefront to it. On the opposite, the top story (approximately half in size) this way obtains large terraces hidden behind the parapet on the north side. Technology equipment that must be placed on the roof is sunken in the vegetation in the highest area (above the main vertical core); it is disguised in a sort of a ´private atrium´, and therefore nothing disturbs the image of a compact green roof.

  • addressKe Dvoru, 5. května
    Dolní Břežany
  • year2014
  • investorArchbishopric of Prague
  • design teamJiří Hejda, Iveta Chitovová, Vilém Kořený
  • collaborationfalse
  • photographs/visualizationsTomáš Herle
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