Mandarin Oriental

Type
Hotel
Location
Prague, Czech Republic
Area
500 sqm

Housed in a 14th century monastery in the cobbled streets of Mala Strana, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel offers a moment of peace and tranquility away from the eccentricity of Prague.

 

Mandarin Oriental is famous for its unique portfolio of luxury hotels that all share a distinctive design and a strong sense of place, qualities and principals, an ideology that Blacksheep shares when approaching projects. Hence, we were extremely excited to be approached by Mandarin Oriental to develop a new experience and concept for the hotel’s public spaces; their restaurant, bar and lobby areas, to elevate them within such a unique and historic property in Prague.

Housed in a 14th century monastery in the cobbled streets of Mala Strana, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel offers a moment of peace and tranquility away from the eccentricity of Prague.

Born from the purity of the building’s monasterial roots, our conceptual approach was based upon a celebration of sacred moments, allowing for a harmonious balance between Mandarin Oriental’s origins whilst respecting the locality of Prague.

Upon arrival, the lobby sets a humble welcome befitting of the building’s history.  Natural light floods the space where an alter like reception welcomes guests, complimented by a humble candlelit backdrop.

The consciousness of place continues through to the bar where a folding brass plinth transforms and unveils as day gives way to night. In true respect of the monasterial setting, alcohol is never displayed overtly as the focal point, but rather a hidden gem, a sacred moment.

Homage is paid to the simplicity of the architecture throughout the lobby, bar and restaurant in order to preserve a sense of calm.  Contemporary monolithic forms have been delicately placed into these areas, made from humble materials such as naturally finished walnut, raw metal and gently worn brass.

The combining of two contrasting worlds was one of the challenges the design had to answer. As a final layer to the design, Ikebana (the art of Japanese flower arranging) and Oriental artwork were juxtaposed with relics from the Czech monastery to provide a cross-cultural styling layer – a curated balance of old and new.

The overall redesign provided us with the opportunity to unveil the historic layers of the monasterial setting, delivering distinctive design with both respect and insight.

Services

  • Concept & strategy
  • Interior architecture
  • Spatial philosophy
  • Signage
  • FF&E direction

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