- DAVID HELCEL ARCHITEKT
- Dolní náměstí 30, 779 00 Olomouc
- Ing. arch. David Helcel,
- Project started
- Realisation finished
- Project overview
- SM.ART HOTEL NEZVALOVA ARCHA. Onto the rectangular building of the heat transfer station, close to the railway station in Olomouc, Nezval’s two-floor ‘ark’ has landed. Its simple, dynamically curved body gently contrasts with the solid base of the ground floor and with the surrounding panel houses. The 40 snug twin-bedded ‘cabins for passengers’ in the additional building above the ‘waterline’ have been added to the communal space on the ‘lower deck’ of the original heat transfer station: the reception hall, the self-service kitchen with the dining room, and the sitting room are available to all the guests round the clock. The building ends in a pointing air steel ‘rudder’ of the emergency stairway at the back of the ‘ship’. The 50-year old heat transfer station still functions, yet, the new technology takes only a third of its original space. Upper walls have been built on the three longitudinal walls which had originally supported the reinforced concrete panel ceiling. After injecting the foundations and mounting the load-distribution floor steel grid, the 40 fully equipped prefabricated accommodation ‘cabins’ were placed above, thus adding two more floors to the original building. The refurbishment works were completed by the thermal insulation of the facade clad in corrugated sheet metal and by applying the foil cover of the flat roof. Contact mineral insulation has been used around the outer wall on the ground floor, with horizontally striped plaster. The ark’s colours are fine tones of pearl-beige and white coffee with shades of pink. Thermal energy on the ‘ship’ is provided by two roof heat pumps, other energy supplies being covered by the public utility networks. The ‘ark’ breathes the artist Jiří David’s unbridled spirit: the fluid cubism of the facade, seductive sirens and ‘dangerous’ vases on the ground floor, cosmic monkeys in the ‘cabins’. This unusual architectonic and artistic symbiosis can be best appreciated by those who visit in person.
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