Andel’s Hotel is a 280 bedroom new hotel located in the heart of Smichov, Prague’s new cultural and business district. The contemporary design makes use of references of traditional Bohemian design with a modern emphasis on style and comfort. Coloured glass is used in glowing, jewel-like boxes carved into locally quarried limestone. The reception desk is a heavy, monolithic block of honed stone, which appears to hover above the floor, with inset blocks of stacked glass. Leading from the lobby is an intriguing, contemporary interpretation of the traditional grand hotel staircase. Generous stone steps of contrasting texture and colour are enclosed in a box of glowing etched glass. The lobby floor is made of irregular slabs of warm limestone, contrasting with textured, roughly split stone of the walls to reveal niches of brilliant, saturated colour.
Prague, Czech Republic
Finalist Design Week Awards 2002