The Lochkov Lofts residential project is to be created in the picturesque countryside south-west of Prague at the edge of the tranquil village of Lochkov. The project will create 73 unique apartments on the site of a former chicory factory which was later converted into a brewery and malt house. It will offer exclusive and original living for all those who long for an exceptional apartment with unique details and an impressive atmosphere while at the same time require quiet, comfortable living in a green area, civic amenities within reach and good accessibility to the city centre. The Lochkov Lofts residential project fulfils all the above and furthermore represents a sensitive blend of historic buildings and contemporary architecture in a modern style.
The project was designed by renowned Italian architect and restorer Alberto Di Stefano who specialises in the refurbishment and renovation of historic cultural and industrial buildings. The renovation of the former brewery, its two brewery towers and their characteristic brick chimneys, the location’s landmark, will carry his original signature. He sensitively combines the original industrial buildings with new modern buildings while preserving the original features as far as possible – wooden trusses and beams, reinforced concrete girders, stone masonry and baroque vaults in the oldest part of the building. The residential complex comprises a wide variety of apartments: ranging from studio flats to smaller apartments to larger apartments to very spacious maisonettes to loft flats which are characterised by airy, bright spaces with high ceilings and upper balconies. Clients therefore have a choice, for instance, between an apartment with baroque arches and exposed bricks, a loft with original stone masonry features or an apartment with uncovered reinforced concrete girders. Its essence, i.e. the renovation of an industrial building into unique living, gives the project its loft character.
The architecture and atypical character of the project, coupled with the high quality of the materials used and the interior fittings and specifications, add to its exclusivity. The standards for the Lochkov Lofts project were carefully selected taking into consideration its uniqueness in such a way as to maintain the balance between the original appearance of the project and the modern interior design concept. Tried and tested high-quality materials and accessories by leading producers will be used in the project; particular attention will be paid to the precision of the construction work and craftsmanship. Therefore, clients obtain top quality at a reasonable price. The majority of apartments are equipped with a cloakroom and storage space. Some of the apartments have en-suite bathrooms which can be entered from the cloakroom.
The entire Lochkov Lofts complex comprises four buildings, A to D, on a site which is approximately square-shaped in size. Building A is characterised by the current protruding brewery tower with its reinforced concrete structure and dominating brick chimney which is the highest in the complex. Building B connects buildings A and C thus creating the west-east axis. Building C incorporates a baroque tower dating from the 18th century with a lower brick chimney. Building A will undergo complete renovation, as will buildings B and C, to which modern extensions will be added. The only fully new building – building D – will be built on a vacant part of the site on the roof of the underground garage. This will visually close the entire area, creating an inner courtyard with greenery in its centre. An underground floor set aside for cellar compartments and parking will be created below the complex. Cars will enter the underground car park directly at the entrance into the complex which means that residents will not be disturbed by traffic. The layout of the entire complex is based on the architect’s aim to maintain the character of the former technical building to the maximum possible extent. The dominant towers of the brewery, with their historic chimneys on the Lochkov horizon, have predetermined efforts to respect the appearance and spirit of the building to the greatest possible extent.
The apartments can be accessed via indoor stairways, lifts and corridors. Needless to say, the architect did not omit atypical features when drawing up the concept for the corridors – modern hanging steel footbridges and continuous access balconies along the southern façade and the eastern side of Building C. These features not only fulfil an architectural purpose but are also functional, connecting buildings A and C from the outside.
What is common to each of the units is modern comfortable living coupled with privacy for residents. The apartments have a good layout and the majority of them have several bedrooms and bathrooms. This is appreciated in particular by large families with children because all of the family members can find a quiet spot they can call their own. Some of the residential units have terraces or loggia; select ground floor units have their own front gardens with low wooden fences. The site is naturally and sensitively bounded by fences, bushes and buildings. This quiet location and enclosed complex will therefore guarantee new inhabitants sufficient peace and quiet, privacy and security. Furthermore, there are opportunities for active relaxation and a children’s playground in very close proximity.