Zagreb bank building gets boutique hotel transformation

George Sell By George Sell
07 December 2018 | Updated 07 December 2018

Croatia: Amadira Park Capital, a conversion of a former bank building in Zagreb, has opened its doors.

The original building was designed in 1921 by Viennese architects Ernst Gottilf and Alexande Neumann who specialised in landmark bank buildings in central Europe.

The new hotel has been created by project developers Ugo Group Zagreb and interior design firm HBA London.

The public areas "take meaning from Gesamtkunstwerk, meaning that they are a work of art that makes use of many artforms". These include the original, classically carved mahogany-clad columns which were removed during construction and then reinstated, as well as listed ceiling features, light fittings and arched windows. The interiors also feature new pieces that reflect the influences of 20th-century design, such as softly draped curtains and a variety of seating collections, and some restored antique furniture discovered in the building, now joined by new seating, including plush banquettes.

"This has been a very special project because the client gave us creative free rein to think afresh and design a hotel that is different for Zagreb," said HBA London's creative director Constantina Tsoutsikou. "We were blessed with the Secessionist and Art Nouveau heritage, and this lovely period for design infuses the new interiors which are fresh, playful and a little magical within a sometimes imposing architectural form. There will be something of a Croatian fairy tale to the guest experience."

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