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12 Apostles, built-in attic

Project detail
  • Author
    Ing. Slavomír Dluhý, aut. arch. ČKA/ SKA
  • Purpose
    Reconstruction, built-in attic
  • Project
  • Built-up area of attic/street building
    268 m2
  • Built-up area of attic/courtyard building
    93 m2
  • Structure
    2 floors
  • Project
Project description

The intention of the architectural study was to design the reconstruction of the original historical building of 12 Apostles in Kosice, based on the investor’s assignment, in order to build an attic above the building of its street part.

The restaurant building which is situated in the centre of Kosice, was built in 1910 and its historical origin dates back to the early 14th century.

The most famous restaurant in Slovakia has survived: World War I, the fall of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, the First Czechoslovak Republic, the wartime Hungarian state, World War II, the 1950s, socialism and the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic, the division of Czechoslovakia, all under the name of the 12 Apostles.

The building is registered in the Central List of the Monument Fund and is located in the territory of the Kosice City Monument Reserve.

The original building has an “L” shaped floor plan, formed by its street and courtyard parts.

The investor’s assignment was based on the requirement to create apartments for living above the street wing.

The approach to the solution, the rendering of the roof, is based on an approach to the overall conceptual character of the building and the current needs of its owner, users and visitors.

The basic architectural approach was to seek maximum respect for the original architectural and historical values of the area.

On the street wing, we propose to replace the entire modern truss structure with a total increase of +500 mm. The gable roof shape with hipped roof is retained.

On the basis of the preserved archival historical project documentation, we have proposed a roof turret in the street part of the building. 

The new roof covering is in a modern material design made of lightweight AL templates from PREFA.

In terms of layout, the newly designed attic space is divided into an access corridor, which is directly connected to the original staircase and a floor plan of six apartments with complete equipment.

The lighting of all the main living areas is proposed to be solved by means of roof wooden swinging windows. The tower is partially glazed with atypical elements. Its top glazing is in the shape of a shallow pyramid and is designed in AL construction. Selected parts of the layout, sanitary rooms, are completed with light tubes.

The architectural elements and materials used on the roof are designed in terms of an appropriate combination of selected means of expression for the historic building.