- LOCATION: SUMNA, CZE
- CLIENT: ANDRÉ NESGAARD
- SIZE: 4.100 m² NEW BUILDING
- YEAR: 2008
- STATUS: CONCEPT PROPOSAL – CLOSED
- ARCHITECT: CEBRA
A client of ours bought an old deserted textile factory in the Czech Republic, just outside of Sumna. Located in a small verdant valley with available hydro power, one of the buildings in the factory complex is a giant mansion where the industrialist and his family used to live. We were asked to turn this luxury villa into a hotel and make a modern twin building for extra rooms and additional spa facilities.
As the old mansion is already divided into many rooms, we managed with minor alterations to add a few more without changing the original design of this historic gem. Under the building in an arched crypt, we placed all the communal facilities. To let daylight enter the mansion, the landscape is pushed down to a wide panoramic window making the heavy building appear to be floating.
The new twin building is a block with proportions similar to the mansion, making it look just as heavy in appearance. To both stand out and blend into its surroundings, it is completely clad in mirrors that quite literally reflect the beauty of the original mansion. Inside, a cave-like space is carved out and filled with different pools and spas. The volumes around it contain additional hotel suites and spa support rooms. The twin building appears like an abstract sculpture in a green park – a cracked prism on a lawn.