Conveniently located in Czech Republic’s second largest city Brno, the Orea Congress Hotel offers overnight accommodation with 369 rooms and a conference centre that caters for up to one thousand guests across nine halls.
When the owners were looking to renovate and update its business events offering, they turned to Prague based architects and designers ZOAA to devise an impactful and engaging interior that would complement the existing contemporary hotel design and attract a modern business audience.
The hotel features an open reception area that facilitates a natural flow into other areas of the centre, visually guiding guests into catering, accommodation and conferencing zones as required. Continuing the elegant softly geometric design of the ground floor space, the designers at ZOAA have created an architectural statement with three entrance tubes which provide a visible and attractive entrance to the conference centre.
Balancing the cool grey palette and biophilic elements of the reception area, the corridors balance form and function beautifully to aid visitor navigation and effortlessly cope with the high operational footfall of a bustling conference centre.
The eye-catching curved entrance tubes feature a simple yet effective design using LED strip lighting and Torcello flooring from the Palio Gluedown Plus range. Projecting into the reception space, the architectural starkness of the corridors is visually enhanced by the uniformity of materials used on all surfaces.
Installed to correspond with the joint cut of the luxury vinyl planks laid to the floor, walls and ceiling* the LED strips highlight the authentic wood effect and create a harmonious effect. This lighting arrangement adds an element of intrigue and shapes a regular geometric rhythm to encourage the efficient progression of guests from the reception area into the conference space.
The mid-tone oak hues and characterful linear grain details of Torcello flooring harmonises with the existing ceramic tiles in the reception area and adds a welcoming organic ambiance. With a durable 0,55mm wear layer, the Palio Gluedown Plus range additionally provides a hard wearing floor that can easily withstand heavy footfall and regular movement of heavy items such as furniture and catering trolleys.
The conference centre’s restaurant has also been updated with a calming neutral brown colour palette and statement lighting, complemented by flooring in Walnut from the Van Gogh range with its rich warm tones and textures of aged timber flooring.
Tomáš Lisec of Barkotex explained: “This design required a high performing floor with a realistic wood look. Designflooring was the ideal choice as it offers the natural look and interesting handcrafted texture our client was looking for while it is also hygienic, easy to maintain and is durable enough for such a busy commercial application.”
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