Hotel Paka Renovation

I. IDENTIFICATION
  • Investor (key institution): Gorenje Catering (Gorenje gostinstvo, d.o.o.)
  • Contact person: Mr. Stanko Brunšek, info@hotelpaka.com
  • Year of implementation:
  • Implementation venue

  • Country: Slovenia
  • Region: Savinjska stat. region
  • Town: Velenje
  • Size of area: 5887 m2
  • Impact: regional

    Total costs: 3500 EUR

    Source per every institution

    • other: 3.500.000 EUR

    Important stakeholders concerned

    • national: Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia
    II. TYPOLOGY
    1. Improved provision of local cultural and social events.
    2. Improved attractiveness of the architecture of the socialist buildings.
    3. Improved involvement of the local community in events organized in its quarter.
    III. DESCRIPTION
    1. What forms of cooperation were used as new approaches in the field of rehabilitation and conversion of urban functional areas?
    2. Hotel Paka was designed by the Slovenian architect Stanko Rohrman, who was the only Slovenian representative of functionalism. The hotel was opened in 1961 and was a centre of social life in the "new" city. Unfortunately the hotel was somewhat slow in meeting the demands from guests and the needs of society in general and was therefore gradually losing its significance. After the ownership change in 1993, the new owners (Gorenje Gostinstvo d.o.o.) decided to do a thorough renovation, which was finished in 1998. During the renovation there was no special cooperation among stakeholders. The owner, the investor and the architect, Matjaž Durjan Ph.D., cooperated with the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia. All of the interventions made outside and inside of the building were coordinated with the institute.

    3. Was the building or the space between buildings) identified as a valuable socialist heritage?
    4. Hotel Paka is one of the rare projects by architect Stanko Rohrman, the only Slovenian representative of functionalism. Because of this and due to the fact that the facility is part of the city centre, the hotel is protected as a architectural monument. The city centre represents a special cultural heritage in Slovenia, due to its specific and basic urban planning setting.

    5. What criteria were applied to make this judgment?
    6. Hotel Paka is one of the rare projects by architect Stanko Rohrman, the only Slovenian representative of functionalism. Because of this and due to the fact that the facility is part of the city centre, the hotel is protected as a architectural monument. The city centre represents a special cultural heritage in Slovenia, due to its specific and basic urban planning setting.

    7. Was the building or space between buildings) important to local communities and how were they involved in decision-making process about its rehabilitation or conversion?
    8. The Hotel Paka represented a centre of social life in the new city, which was visited by numerous important guests, statesmen and important representatives from the social and political life. It was also important for the local community. During the renovation the local community did not participate in this process. The hotel gained a lot of new capacities, such as modern hotel capacities, wellness centre, catering, congress tourism infrastructure and two movie theatre halls. After the opening of the renovated hotel these new capacities proved to be an important asset for the city.

    9. Were attempts made to improve territorial cohesion within the city/town/district? And, if so, how was success on this front gauged?
    10. In implementing the project the basis of the Velenje city master plan, which has partially been maintained until today, ensured a balanced and functional development of all city areas. The facility brought new and modernized programmes to the city centre.

    11. Were there attempts to reduced disparities between districts within cities/towns achieved reduced? And, if so, how was success on this front gauged?
    12. The basis of the Velenje city master plan, which has partially been maintained until today, ensured a balanced and functional development of all city areas. There are no drastic development disparities among city districts.

    13. Other important facts and comments, e.g. critical review.
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    IV. SUPPLEMENT

    Web site: www.hotelpaka.com/default.asp?languageID=2