The Red Church Reconstruction

Completed, Newly-built, Reconstructions

After more than 60 years the church no longer serves as a book warehouse. It has become an important cultural hub for the city.

Address

Bezručova 1180/3, Olomouc, Czech Republic

Client

Olomouc Region

Architectural design

Miroslav Pospíšil

Collaboration

Daria Johanesová, Martin Karlík, Milena Koblihová, Ondřej Patsch, Robert Randys, Lucie Rohelová, Adéla Tomečková, Hana Velčovská – architecture
Denisa Strmisková – cooperation with interior design
Jan Košátko – graphic design

Ing. Jan Lukáš – statics of new constructions (LOSTADE CZ s.r.o.)
doc. Ing. Ladislav Klusáček,CSc. – statics of historical structures (VUT Brno)
Ing. Pavel Fára – moisture remediation of historic masonry (CUBUS, spol. s r.o.)
Ing. Jan Pavelek – fire safety solution (BF PRO CZ, s.r.o.)
Ing. Marek Lenhart – heating solution (AZ Klima, a.s.)
Ing. Zdeněk Říha – ventilation system (AZ Klima, a.s.)
Ing. Petr Lysický – measurement and control (ELMAR group, s.r.o.)
Kateřina Pechová – plumbing and gas installation
Ing. Kamil Novotný – electrical installations
Michal Svoboda – slow-current electrical installations (MERIT GROUP a.s.)
Ing. Petr Staněk – roads and paved surfaces (Alfaprojekt, a.s.)

Design

04/2018 – 10/2019

Construction

09/2020 – 03/2023

Photography

BoysPlayNice

Awards

The Building of the Year 2023
finalist in the Rudolf Eitelberger Prize 2023

Portfolio

you can view the drawings here

Olomouc Research Library has been using the Red Church as a book depository since 1959 and this beautiful Lutheran church has been completely closed to the public during all those years. The owner of this listed building, Olomouc Region, decided to construct a new library building to fulfill the storage needs and so free up the Red Church for cultural purposes such as smaller concerts, public readings, lectures, or art shows. Additionally, the Red Church is intended to be an information center for the Research Library and Olomouc Region.

Combining the overall reconstruction of the historical building with the new cultural and social functions was the main brief and focus of the design. The building was in a very poor condition. First, it was necessary to strengthen the foundations, mend the damp and salty masonry, repair the stucco and plaster, and tidy up and fill the gaps in the facade cladding. The floors were a complete redo including the layers all the way down to the terrain base. The reconstruction of the roof was one of the most critical updates. The trusses have been severely damaged by the rain, they could have collapsed at any point. The studio decided to do a complete makeover with maximum effort to retain the original elements. The new roof was made of copper squares that copy the same shape and format as the original roof. The authentic decorative elements did not stand the test of time sadly, so the studio worked together with renowned Olomouc sculptor Jan Dostal who created contemporary artifacts to be placed there instead.

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