Client – Park Inn / Red Group (owners)
Year (s) – 2007 -2011, public areas renovation 2020
Services – Architecture, permitting, engineering
This Art Deco inspired former print-works was transformed into a hotel in order to provide 215 guest rooms, a restaurant, bar and conference facilities. The 15 000 m2 project included a new-build wing within the landscaped courtyard, and an additional attic floor with a fitness centre with panoramic views towards Prague Castle. The basement areas were excavated to create space for a restaurant and a conference centre.
The project was technically challenging due to the flood prevention issues related to the hotel’s proximity to the Vltava river and to noise issues deriving from the adjacent tram line, which required that the interior room construction had to be independent to the building structure. In addition, the building is in Prague’s protected heritage zone and its historical facade has been fully restored to its former glory.
In 2019 IBA were invited back to rework the ground floor public areas including the reception, lounge / bar, restaurant and buffet zones. The brief was to update the spaces and to integrate the bar within the reception areas. The intention was to draw inspiration from the hotel’s industrial heritage and printing imagery of the building, and to reflect this the design uses copper sheet to clad the bar and metal framed elements mirroring the decorative motifs found on the facade. The atmosphere is much more open and informal with the bar now facing the reception and the back lounge areas. Parts of the ceiling and walls are opened up to highlight the original concrete and brick construction as a memory of the buildings industrial heritage. Guests are encouraged to linger in the social areas where there are a variety of settings to suit group or individual activities, all provided with modern technology access.