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Hotel Avance, Bratislava, Slovakia

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Olga Babjaková & Peter Flimel

Medená (Copper) is the original name of this old lane evoking tradition of copper hammers guild in the town (1792, Kupfergasse in German language).

This new hotel is a nice example of implementing instruments of contemporary architecture in the gap between older houses and in the touch with historical town reserve.

No academic copies or duplicates, no pseudo historical decorations. This building is emphatic and self-confident at the same time. It declares the contemporary age and at the same time it fits in the row of the older neighbors.

The copper cladding matures and it is modern and traditional then. Cooperation with the sculptor symbolizes also the revitalization of traditional artisan guild in Bratislava. The contrasting green courtyard is a pleasant green oasis in this dense built-up city area.

Words from the architects: This newly-built structure is located in the central part of Bratislava Old Town, in the touch with the pedestrian zone. This location in the historical centre was a great professional challenge for us.

Design of the building is contemporary, but we are convicted it is very important to feel the city scale and the details of historical buildings in the neighborhood. To the basic features of good architecture – functional solution of operation, constructional building solution and design of details – we decided to add the positive visual impression.This purport of architecture often is forgotten, so the inhabitants and visitors of the city will appreciate it.

We tried to create a modern, visually impressive façade, focused on the purity of details and on the quality of surface material (on its durability) – to be in tune with the street and with the city. The oriel works as a signal on the façade and enlivens this part of the street; namely this fancy architectural element was used here on some early 20th century houses in this street and it provides a friendly scale of the street.

The cladding material of the oriel – copper – was inspired by the address Medená (Copper) Street. The most suitable was the TECU Bond copper cladding. Here in Slovakia it was used for the first time, thanks to the enthusiasm of the manufacturers.

The basic level of the façade is tiled with fine grain sandstone from Hořice (Czech Republic). Once it was a favorite material of city facades, now it is almost forgotten. There are alternating angular windows on the oriel, they work as an interesting visual and orientation/signal element and they provide attractive views from the hotel rooms.

There are aluminium French windows with frameless glass railings. In the copper part of the oriel the railings are designed by sculptor Martin Lettrich. The courtyard façade features green roofs (with planted aromatic herbs) and big French windows providing direct contact with the green and wonderful views on the city panorama.



Hotel Avance
Completion date: 
Medená 9


Type of building: 
Hotels, accommodation
Copper used: 


Name, office: 
FaB s.r.o
Address & description: 
Ing Arch Olga Babjaková & Ing Arch Peter Flimel Moyzesova 6 Bratislava Slovakia 81105

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