Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras has been awarded a prestigious American prize for architecture
Strbske Pleso, 20 October 2016 – Project of reconstruction and completion of Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras under the direction of the Slovak architect Peter Cerno has been awarded another prestigious prize – bronze in the 2016 American Architecture Prize.
The award is one of the most respected in the field of architecture and design. It honours the work of architects from all over the world in three disciplines – architectural design, interior design and landscape architecture. The construction of Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras, located on the shore of the mountain lake Strbske Pleso, has been specially awarded a prize in the category of Architectural Design/Heritage Architecture this autumn. The awards ceremony will take place on 25 October in New York.
“Buildings were evaluated comprehensively from the design to the completion of implementation by a panel of 31 judges. It was comprised of architects, designers and academics from universities, museums and various institutions from all over the world, such as Cesar Peli, Ben van Berkel and Troy C. Therrien. We were asked by the organisers to present one of our projects,” said the Slovak architect Peter Cerno, acting in Germany for many years. In 2012, his company Cerno+Architekten in Munich, in cooperation with Martin Cerno and Gianfranco Maio, accomplished the reconstruction and completion of the historical building of Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras. “According to awarded prizes and categories, it can be assumed that some hundreds of projects have been submitted. Gold in the category of Heritage Architecture was awarded to the reconstruction of Matrera Castle in Spain and Fawcett House Renovation in California,” Peter Cerno illustrated.
Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras underwent a complex reconstruction of the historical building by the completion of an extensive underground part and a renovation of the restaurant, conference hall and ballroom as originals and contemporary copies. Completion of the spa area and the complex of apartment buildings was implemented as well. The architects reinterpreted the original colouring and materials with the ambition to reflect the original historic appearance as faithfully as possible. Thus more than 70 original elements – for instance, stairways, balconies and colourful coatings – were preserved. “The building of Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras is a national cultural monument and also a jewel on the shore of the mountain lake Strbske Pleso. We are immensely glad that not only our guests but also global architects honour its design and beauty,” says Kathrin Noll, Managing Director of Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras.
The original building was built on the lake shore in the 19th century, though after its unsubtle reconstruction during the period of socialism, its reconstruction and renovation was necessary. The challenge for the architects was to preserve the elements of historical architecture with modern completion as well as to integrate the complex into the surrounding nature of the Tatra National Park.
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