- ATELIER 38, renovation of a heritage-listed building
Over the years, from the advent of motorcars through the two world wars, the building was used as an army hospital and a hotel. In 1972, fire damaged part of the construction, which remained in disuse until 2015, when the Národní památkový ústav (National Heritage Institute) decided to restore not just the stables but the whole complex.
ATELIER 38 - headed by the architect Jan Zelinka and the engineer Luděk Valík - was commissioned for the restoration project.
In the first phase of reconstruction and restoration, which was completed in 2019, it was essential to secure structurally unstable masonry walls, vaults, balconies and roof trusses and to replace roof tiles and dormers on what remained of the building. The intention was to retain as much of the original masonry wall as possible so they stripped back the layers to get to the original construction, also because the castle’s red-faced brick facade with red sandstone inserts was decorated with handcrafted elements, such as coats of arms, engraved slabs, rosettes, statues and chimney stacks. The original stone miniature of the “Tower” was returned to the top of the gable of the Upper Stables. The vaulted space of the Lower Stables was restored to its original layout and monumental state. It is now used for exhibitions and concerts and also has a glyptotheque where the original statues and stone fragments from the roof and facade are stored.
The gable dormers were reconstructed to fit the 1950s scheme when the construction was used as a hotel, in order to suit today’s demand when it comes to accommodation. The slate tiles on the rooftop reference the material language of the past, while the courtyard was consolidated into a single area to provide a platform for cultural events. An interactive water feature improves the microclimate in this enjoyable space, particularly on hot summer days.
The work for Červený zámek by ATELIER 38 features historical restoration to ensure that the existing building can be used safely and to suit contemporary enjoyment, for a romantic escape from the frenzy of everyday life. And let's face it, romanticism is sometimes a good thing, in the face of all the much-vaunted minimalism around.
Project: ATELIER 38
Location: Hradec nad Moravicí, Czech Republic