The demolition was carried out by the Pilsen company APB. The building lay down in four months, the rest in the last days.
Heavy machines had previously divided it into two parts, and the construction was then cut by special construction machines. The individual constructions of the hotel were cut and crushed with hydraulic shears.
This technology completely replaced previously used blasts.
“The demolition of the building is proceeding according to the expected schedule,” and iDNES.cz Gabriela Kočová from APB. Underground cleaning, sorting and material are currently being cleaned.
“Assorted rubble and recyclable materials are added to the backfill of underground spaces, we transport non-recyclable materials to the appropriate landfill,” added Kočová. Because the individual modules of the building were structurally identical, the company did not solve any unexpected situations during the demolition.
The hotel was designed as an government building by architect Arnošt Navrátil together with Jaroslav Paroubek, Radek Černý and Jan Sedláček in the 1970s. The hotel was booked directly by the Communist Party. The team of architects got to the contract through an official competition.
The hotel started to be built in 1975, it was opened in 1981. The company Pozemní stavby (Závod 07 – Jihlava) was commissioned to implement it.
The demolition of the building itself began at the end of February 2014 and ended in the first half of June 2014, the demolition was carried out by the Pilsen company APB.
The time-lapse video was created from photographs taken from Müller’s villa in Prague’s Ořechovka.
The resulting pits will now be introduced with suitable material and landscaping will be completed. The park on the site of the former hotel was until the 1970s. But the new park will not be open to the public.
New woody plants will be planted on the site, but the original greenery will be preserved.
There will be 329 trees left with the challenge of three, which for technical reasons cannot be saved.
A little further south – on the site of the former garages, near Evropská Street, the investor plans to build a primary school and grammar school Open Gate based on the same complex in Babice near Prague.
With the school project, the company intends to address buildings by renowned Czech architects.
Hotel Prague was built in the late 70’s. Until November 1989, it served the needs of the Communist Party and the Czechoslovak government. they therefore perceive it as a symbol of the pre-November era. At the beginning of last year, it was bought by a new owner with the intention of demolishing it.
The planned demolition provoked a negative reaction from a section of the public and experts last year (read here). A group of theorists, artists, architects and conservationists then submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Culture for its declaration as a cultural monument.