The overall design of the project reflects the longstanding tradition of glass making that Lasvit represents and promotes. The two traditional buildings from the early 19th century were completed with another two similarly sized and shaped abstract black and white volumes to create a harmonic and functional compound.
The first of the new buildings, seemingly composed entirely out of translucent glass, serves as an office café on the ground floor with an archive of the design samples on the floor above. This large, well-lit rectangular space with an unusual concave dome ceiling with a grid pattern can be also used as a conference room, when enclosed.
The second building covered with black metal plates, which resemble the traditional cladding of slate plates used on roofs throughout the region, provides a four-story space partly hidden below the ground and is used for testing and presenting the full-scale products – chandeliers and light-sculptures weighing up to 5 tonnes.
The two culturally protected historical buildings were stripped of their various extensions and additions which were made within the two hundred years since their construction. Their facades have been carefully redesigned to its historical original state and the interiors were humbly reconstructed to work as an office space for the Lasvit company.
Project Name: Lasvit headquarters, Nový Bor
Design Firm: Opočenský Valouch architekti
Investor: Lasvit, s.r.o.
Location: Nový Bor, Czech Republic
Total: 779 m2
Existing Buildings: 510 m2
Newly Built: 269 m2
Usable area: 1 780 m2
Author: ov – a, ov architekti s.r.o. Jiří Opočenský, Štěpán Valouch
Collaboration: David Balajka, Anna Schneiderová www.ov-a.cz
Architecture competition: Invited architecture competition 2014 1. prize
Project phase: 2014-2017
Construction phase: 2017-2019
Project coordination: m3m, s.r.o.
Structural engineering: Marcel Vojanec
Contractors: General contractor: BAK stavební společnost, a.s.
Renovation contractor: Stavební firma Tomáš Hlaváček
Concrete structure: DNA Design – Břetislav Eichler
Steel façade structure: Excon, a.s.
Façade glazing: TGK - technika, sklo a umění s.r.o.
Photographer: Tomáš Souček