Red Castle in Hradec nad Moravici | Penter Euroton Varia WS Getrommeld
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Preserving history for the future

architectum issue renovation

Red Castle in Hradec nad Moravici | Penter Euroton Varia WS Getrommeld
© Wienerberger s.r.o.

Červený zámek/The Red Castle

in Czech Republic

Red Castle in Hradec nad Moravici | Penter Euroton Varia WS Getrommeld
© Wienerberger s.r.o.

Product used

Penter Novoton WS tumbled

Preserving history for the future

Perfectly laid brick paving revives the history and charm of bygone days at The Red Castle, a listed building in the Czech Republic.

Neo-gothic castle in Czech Republic

Crenellations, towers and brick as far as the eye can see: the neo-gothic castle Červený zámek in the town of Hradec nad Moravicí in the Czech Republic owes its name to its striking brick masonry. The Red Castle was built as stables between 1874 and 1881 as an extension of the older White Castle. It belongs to one of the largest castle complexes in the Czech Republic and forms part of the country’s cultural heritage.
 
After being damaged during both world wars and following several modification and restoration projects, the castle was finally renovated from the ground up in 2019. Today, it is used as a social centre for festivities and for artistic and cultural events.

Consolidation and restoration

The first phase of reconstruction and monument-protection-compliant restoration rectified the most urgent problem: the structural integrity of the walls, vaults, lookout and roofs. The roof covering and dormer windows were also replaced and the courtyard was redesigned.
 
The renovation work also solved the problem of rainwater running from the courtyard into the lower stables (the cellar rooms accessed from the courtyard), which was endangering the historic building. The newly repaired, monumental, double-span vaulted room is now used for exhibitions, concerts and as a glyptotheque for storing original statues and fragments of the roofs and façades from the building.

Herringbones for the horses

This latest purpose is made possible by the newly paved floor that was laid throughout the entire stable building during the renovation work. The architects decided to use Penter Novoton WS tumbled Old Dutch pavers. The paving bricks are laid in a herringbone pattern and blend in perfectly with the rustic look and historic walls of this extraordinary space.
 
This has had the desired effect of retaining the castle’s special ambiance despite the renovations and restoring its original condition as faithfully as possible. 

Red Castle in Hradec nad Moravici | Penter Euroton Varia WS Getrommeld
© Wienerberger s.r.o.

Facts & Figures

Project name: Červený zámek/The Red Castle, Hradec nad Moravicí, Czech Republic

 

Architecture   ATELIER 38/Jan Zelinka, Luděk Valík

Client  National institute of cultural heritage

Year of completion   2019

Category   Renovation

Product used   Penter Novoton WS tumbled

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