February 19, 2020

Czech Firm OV-A Incorporates Cozy and Modern Elements in Apart-Hotel Svatý Vavrinec

Perimeter walls for the apartment towers are insulated by mineral wool, then covered by red cedar wood veneer by ARA Kolín. Photography by Boys Play Nice.

The picturesque base of Snežka mountain, rising in the northern Czech Republic‘s Krkonoše range, first served as a mining center more than 500 years ago. Today, the base town of Pec pod Snežka is better known as one of Europe’s premier ski destinations—a reputation newly reinforced with the arrival of Prague firm OV Architekti’s 114,000-square-foot Apart-hotel Svatý Vavrinec.

In warmer months, patio areas offer seating nestled into the hill. Photography by Boys Play Nice.

Principal architect Jirí Opocenský and the OV-A team first created a commercial parterre with stone cladding, covered by an Optigrün green roof with slanted planes of retaining ribs, for a supermarket, sports good store, and ski and bike shop. Four apartment towers rise above it, each of reinforced concrete and, on upper levels, brick with concrete ceilings.

Amenities include a sauna seemingly lit by stars. Photography by Boys Play Nice.

Interiors of the 90 apartments incorporate four themes, says Opocenský. The “Glamour” style features oak, gold embroidery, and delicate ornaments, while lighter “Scandavia” offers whitened spruce, dark blue textiles, and even a reindeer theme in the bathroom. “Modern” rooms take on mid-century simplicity, and “Krkonoše,” named for the local mountain range, sets a traditional Giant Mountain chair within pine interiors—the cosiest space imaginable after a long day riding the cable car up the namesake mountain and skiing all the way back down.

A Modern-themed apartment includes a storage unit of darkened Jaromerice Oak veneer, and a Yokla SD table and chairs. Photography by Boys Play Nice.
Rako tiles cover the bathroom in a Krkonoše-themed residence, with a Sapho sink and Yokla SD faucet, and Vitra toilet. Photography by Boys Play Nice.
The Glamour apartments integrate a Kare Design pendant and Yokla SD sofa into walls covered in ARA Kolin oak planks. Photography by Boys Play Nice.

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