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Reconstruction of Grand Hotel Kempinski was awarded in Germany

Reconstruction of Grand Hotel Kempinski was awarded in Germany

Strbske Pleso, 6 November 2017 – The reconstruction and completion of the hotel in the High Tatras has been awarded in Germany by a jury of the prestigious Iconic Awards 2017 – Winner. The reconstruction of the historic building, which is a national monument, was led by the Slovak architect Peter Černo.

The Iconic Awards is the first neutral international architectural and design competition that focuses on the whole world of architecture. The Iconic Awards jury highlights innovative products and sustainable communications across the industry in five major categories: architecture, interior, product, communication and concept.

“The condition of this award was a nomination from Rat für Formgebung. The jury chose projects from 39 countries of the world. We got a nomination in two categories: for architecture in Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras and for concept for Kuwait Towers – Conversion,” explains the Slovak architect Peter Černo, who works in Germany.

In both categories he got awards and has been awarded at the ceremony in Munich. Some time ago he got another prestigious award – ABB Leaf Awards 2017 – in London for completion of a family house. This year he won a nomination for the German Design Award 2018 with a project involving the reconstruction of the hotel Kempinski.

“The renovation of the hotel's buildings was an extremely demanding process that lasted for more than four years. Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras is now an oasis on the shore of Štrbské pleso and belongs among the national monuments,” stated Kathrin Noll, general manager of Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras.

Peter Černo had been working on the reconstruction of the former Hviezdoslav treatment centre in the High Tatras since 2004 when he prepared his first study. The goal of the project was to transform historically protected buildings into a five-star hotel. During the preparation, he searched for archive materials, historical photography and other documents that were used during reconstruction. Complex reconstruction of the historical building, restaurant, and the conference and dancing hall had to be realised under the supervision of archaeologists, geologists and protectionists. Architects from Cerno+Architekten – Peter Černo, Martin Černo, Gianfranco Maio – in Munich, used original colours and materials to restore the historical object as faithfully as possible. More than 70 original pieces have been preserved, such as balconies, stairs, the colour of the walls and many other details. The hotel also has a spa and apartment complex, making it currently one of the most exclusive hotels in the Kempinski network in the world.

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