Archdiocesan Museum in Olomouc – the Farmstead
- ADRESA - ADDRESS Václavské náměstí 4, Olomouc
- AUTOŘI - DESIGNERS Petr Hájek, Tomáš Hradečný, Jan Šépka – HŠH architekti, s. r. o. (Praha), Jan Vinař, Martin Maršík – Murus (Praha)
- SPOLUPRÁCE - CO-OPERATION Ondřej Hofmeister, Jan Kolář, Rastislav Komínek, Petr Trávníček, Jana Zlámalová
- INVESTOR Muzeum umění Olomouc
- NÁKLADY - COSTS 57 mil. Kč
- OBESTAVĚNÝ PROSTOR - CUBICAL CONTENT 6540 m3
- HLAVNÍ DODAVATEL - GENERAL CONTRACTOR IMOS Brno, SA
- DODAVATELÉ - CONTRACTORS Institut restaurování a konzervačních technik Litomyšl, ZUKOVpro, s. r. o., Glass experts, s. r. o., Ortodum, spol. s r. o., MY DVA holding, a. s.
- PROJEKT - DESIGN 1999
- REALIZACE - CONSTRUCTION 2000-2003
The premises of the future Archdiocesan Museum are a part of the complex of the “Premyslid Castle”, a registered national cultural monument. The appearance of the building reflects the historical evolution of building styles from the Roman period to the 20th century. The project was prepared following victory in a 1998 competition and adds a new layer to this peculiar collage. The concept is based on the contrast of the original structures restored to their pure form, and newly introduced elements as carriers of new functions and technologies bringing new life and potential for further development. The new elements infiltrating both the interiors and the exterior of the entire premises (steel, concrete and glass) reinforce the atmosphere of “new versus old”.
The farmstead is to contain the facilities of the future museum: a restoration shop, photographic studio, depositaries, control room with round-the-clock surveillance, and offices for the museum staff. For programmatic efficiency, the work space was developed to maximize concentration and minimize distraction. When designing the office units, the architects drew inspiration from prison or monastic cells with their civil, almost austere, interior.
The newly introduced containers will be further modified, taken out or added as user requirements will dictate. Through the existence of new elements as the first layer of the new structure, a living organism is cleansed and a restored shell is emerging.