A reconstructed 19th-century villa with a brand new modern additional building made of concrete, wood and steel. This is the new cultural centre L´ART which was built by Division M in Lanškroun during the last twenty-one months. On Tuesday, April 2, it was inaugurated and presented to the public.
The design and project of the building and interiors was assigned to the Brno studio Atelier 90 under the supervision of architect Ladislav Vlachynský. “This building is basically a prototype that is unprecedented anywhere else in the world. Due to the multifunctional concept of the hall, we have created a space whose parameters can be arranged in various ways according to the character of the event. Using many acoustic elements, the environment can be changed, for example, for concert, theatre, ball and other events,” said the architect, adding that Buddhist prayer wheels were the inspiration for the use of acoustic cylinders.
The industrially conceived new building of the cultural centre is exhibited on the site of the former goldsmith workshop of the original villa owner. While this part will be used mainly for larger events, the historical area has a number of newly refurbished and equipped lounges and offices to serve as a day-to-day facility for the cultural centre as well as a clubhouse or classroom for visitors. Considering its historical value, much of the space has been preserved and restored with the help of local craftsmen.
The portal of the new building is decorated with a bronze sculpture representing a map with the landscape and contours of the Lanškroun region. In addition to the new hall for up to six hundred spectators, the building also has two bars, Orion and Nonet. These bear the names of the two most famous Lanškroun bands. And the local musicians whose groupings have a long tradition in the city, were those who appreciated the new premises probably the most.
In addition to reconstruction and construction, the construction works included the construction of a large car park or park landscaping around the cultural centre. Since the beginning of April, the building has been in trial operation and the Lanškroun citizens intend to make it undergo several stress tests in the form of large cultural and social events.