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Czech architectural firm ORA transforms an old ceramics factory into a stunning hotel property, modernizing it without compromising its rich heritage and history.

Located in Kravsko, a small Moravian village, Kocanda is a work in progress, starting with the renovation of the central baroque building. A large structure with several halls and large accommodation capacity, the architects took special care in making it as comfortable and accommodating as it can be for public use, while preserving its authenticity. The doors, ornamental wooden floors, and furnitures were kept intact, giving the rooms a spartan yet warm atmosphere. Gypsum moulds, a remnant of the property’s old identity, are proudly displayed around the house, enticing the guests to learn more about its history. Other furnishings were sourced locally to keep it consistent with the building’s aesthetic.

Formerly in a stage of dilapidation, the complex is steadily rediscovering its identity — and with different structures hailing from different times, a lot of stories are slowly brought into light.

Kocanda Renovation ORA
Kocanda Renovation ORA
Kocanda Renovation ORA
Kocanda Renovation ORA
Kocanda Renovation ORA
Kocanda Renovation ORA

Photography © Boys Play Nice for ORA

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