Kempinski Hotel

Prague 1

Client – Kempinski Hotel / Ballymore Properties (owners)

Year (s) – 2006 -2010

Services – Architecture, permitting, engineering

This 10 000 m2 heritage protected building, which dates back to the 17th century, was reconstructed to provide 75 guest rooms and apartments, a restaurant, bar and gym, all to the very highest standards. The historic courtyard garden, unique in central Prague, was also re-modelled to reflect the formal character of the main building. The glazed central atrium provides a ‘light filled’ informal space at the heart of the hotel, giving access to the bar and restaurant areas. A major challenge was to integrate the various technologies required for a modern hotel into the historic fabric. The approach was to respect the existing historical features whilst introducing new elements which are expressed in a modern style adding a new layer to the already rich history of this former palace.