IN/EX TERIOR - The Works of Eva Jiricna

 

Hotel Josef



Hotel Josef

The hotel is situated in the middle of the Old Town in Prague, on a small space formed by three streets.The site is dominated by a heavily decorated nineteenth-century building over six floors, with a typical pitched roof whose definite ridge defines the skyline. After eareful studies of the urban conditions, planning consent was granted for an eight-storey hotel which would continue the frontage of the adjacent buildings and form a gentle transition between the roof shapes on either side. In order to achieve a sympathetic transition between new and old, modern and traditional, lightweight perforated sunshades were introduced. As well as cooling the interiors these give a three-dimensional character to what would otherwise be a simple pattern of solid wall and glazing.
The ground floor and basement of the building contain the public spaces - reception, breakfast room and conference areas. The main entrance foyer is a quiet, calm space with a monochromatic colour scheme where flowers and objects are displayed to create different moods and atmospheres, whereas the breakfast room is an understated tribute to the historic period of Czech Modernism in the 1930s.
The rest of the building is devoted to the 110 bedrooms, which have been fitted within a complex and often tight space. Despite Section: the two blocks and glazed /ink, with parking betow this constraint, the bedrooms have been designed with comfort in mind. Some have glass bathrooms, where see-through partitions and large sliding mirror doors reflect the exterior and give the relatively small internal space an extra dimension. For those who seek more privacy, there are rooms with stone-clad bathrooms. The top two floors have terraces on which to relax and enjoy the view.There are, intentionally, no pictures.The view itself is considered a dynamic piece of art, replacing a totally ordinary image that is never looked at anyway. However, there are butterflies on the wall to observe in passing, a little reminder of nature's own creative skills.



 


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