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
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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.