Hotels and their architects: A love that lasts

Hotels and their architects: A love that lasts

Architecture is an important factor that influences the visual identity of the hotel, its image, the overall experience and the intensity of the satisfaction of potential users. There are guidelines for the design of the hotel: connection with the environment, originality, order, balance, elegance, coherence, design ... Many of our architects tried, in keeping up with these principles, to design hotels according to the custom of man. Here are the oldest and still good keepers!

HOTEL KOPERNIKUS PRAG, Belgrade

ORIGINAL. This ninety-year-old building still behaves like a young man in his best years! It was erected on the estate of Belgrade lawyer Radomir Milaćević, on the corner of the Balkanska and Kraljice Natalije streets. The owners of the hotel were Evgenija Milaćević and Natalija Marić, the daughters of lawyer Milaćević. The hotel was built in 1929 according to the project of architect Đura Borošić, in the style of art deco. In their possession, the hotel remained until 1948 when it was taken over by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the FNRY.

The architecture of the building is an outer appearance of a hotel that can attract or reject potential buyers, regardless of the quality of the content. Each hotel has its own "face" that must be beautiful, well-seen, attractive, recognizable and original. One of them is Copernicus Hotel Prague.

Interestingly, this hotel is one of the few that overlooks three sides of the intersection. The façade is decorated with balconies that differ on each floor. When it was erected, the hotel had four floors with seven rooms. During the expansion in 1936, there were six more rooms on each floor, and at the same time the fifth floor and a part of a mansard were added. On each floor, there were shared toilets and one bathroom, which corresponded to the standards of the hotel architecture at that time.

Today, this young man has 82 rooms, three conference rooms - Bohemia, Karlovy Vary and Libuša. In the abundant and extremely pleasant atmosphere of Prague's restaurant, guests can enjoy delicious international dishes.

HOTEL BEOGRAD, Čačak

ORDER. In 1900, a twenty-year-old German from Ruma, an industrialist named Ferdinand Kren, built and opened the oldest hotel in Serbia - BELGRADE. This witness of times, various socio-political and economic ups and downs, today marks 119 years of existence! Some say that this is a project by the district engineer by the name of Manoko from Gornji Milanovac, who built the hotel in the then-ruling style of the Vienna art nouveau. Recognizable by the features of this architectural expression, the hotel completely preserved its original façade.

"In the artwork, chaos must shine through the veil of the order," architects say. Symmetrical buildings are beautiful, says Le Corbusier, because in the midst of the obvious incoherence of nature or cities, they are places of geometry, an area in which math practically rules. It is enough to look at the façade of the hotel BELGRADE in order to agree with this statement. Reliance on correctness and predictability rests our mind.

During his lifetime its name was changed but not his purpose: at first he was called "Kren", and after 1945, the hotel got a sweet name "Beogradčić" (Little Belgrade) and then just "Belgrade". It quickly became the center of political, social and economic events. Sometimes the parties were held in the bar, with a drummer in the middle of the hall. Wooden stairs led to the rooms (there are 35 nowadays). Architecture has remained, but internal reconstructions made it a good place for the new times to come.

HOTEL ZEPTER, Belgrade

ELEGANCE. In the very center of Belgrade, ZEPTER has been living for five years. The business building on Terazije was built in 1931. The author, famous architect Đorđe Đorđević, designed the "Palace of the Insurance Society of Yugoslavia". The architecture of the building is a part of the so-called mature modernism that was founded in Belgrade in the early 20th century.

The subcategory of beauty that can be characterized as elegance belongs to this building, the quality that is always present when the architectural work succeeds in lasting elegance and strength, while having a modesty that still attracts attention in the middle of the well of Terazije.

Five years ago, the revitalization of the building was carried out according to the project of the architect Dušan Tešić of the ATD bureau and co-author Dušanka Vučenović. The whole interior design is subtle in the combination of luxury and simplicity – in one word – elegant. In the old, yet splendidly preserved building, overlooking the bustling Terazije, this hotel attracts with its modern character and clean lines. It is the first high-class apartment hotel and it represents an oasis of peace, luxury and comfort in which the Zepter Mission of Health is passed on.

KRALJEVI ČARDACI SPA, Kopaonik

ORIGINALITY. When it comes to designing a hotel, it is necessary to strike a balance between the sense of an adventure and the sense of familiarity. In order to achieve diversity, it is necessary to strive for the original, authentic and innovative design of a hotel that stimulates all senses and mind.

One such hotel is hotel KRALJEVI ČARDACI SPA on Kopaonik. Its facade in the "mild" bondruk style (the skeleton of wooden beams is visible), resembles old Serbian houses. This architecture points to the transition period of building a house from a wooden cottage to a modern construction. Thus, the owners Vesna and Milan Kostadinović conceived the hotel, with the help of a team from Kon Form Stud, statistician Vlade Manojlović and architect Boško Mlađen, while the design is a contribution of architect Aleksandar Aleksijević. It could be said that the complex of apartments and hotels is really "what no one else has". The project of this hotel today reminds us of a small, somewhat medieval town that is still growing: the SPA part of the hotel offers visitors an indoor swimming pool, Finnish and Turkish sauna, a bio sauna, jacuzzi, kneipp, tepidarium, salt cave, hamam, float spa capsule, massages, conference halls...