API ARHITEKTI link old and new styles in luxurious Palace Hotel in Slovenia
In the very centre of the most cosmopolitan coastal resort in Slovenia, the long-closed Palace Hotel stood decaying for many years. It was first built during the time of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy and hosted affluent guests from all over Europe until the end of the previous century. The investor wished to bring the old neoclassical building to life through renovation and to expand its accommodation capacity by building a new extension.
The architectural renovation also had the goal of highlighting the symbiosis between the stylistically different architectural movements, as well as to reveal the detachment from the memory of the past. All that was preserved of the old building was the main façade overlooking the sea, with the crystal hall and appertaining salons alongside it, the side facades and the historic staircase. The floor structures, the mansard and the rear façade are built using modern materials.
All the new materials and details on the facade are discretely designed. The extension is entirely new, but subordinate to the historic facade of the preserved part of the building in terms of rhythm, choice of colours and materials. Employing a combination of stone cladding and greenery on the façade, the building melds with the hills in the background when seen from the sea and thus preserves the dominant role of the existing facade.
The most extreme possibilities afforded by the materials used, such as glass, stone and steel, have been fully taken advantage of in this project. The connecting element between the old and the new is the glass entrance hall which softly merges two wholes, greeting the visitor and offering him a magnificent view of the sea, the sky and the park upon entry.