Industrial gem of Vršovice
In 1902, Jindřich Waldes founded a business company that manufactured press buttons and other metal fancy goods under the brand of Koh-i-Noor (K.I.N.). In 1908, the company expanded and a new factory, designed and implemented by Alois Richter, came into existence in Vršovice. This initiative was the beginning of the blooming construction period between Vršovická and Kavkazská streets that is regarded as the evidence of industrial architecture at the beginning of the 20th century.
The nearly two-hectare premises of the Koh-i-noor factory is available due to its strategic position and complete infrastructure. The premises were acquired for our company’s portfolio two years ago. Our company intends to change the brownfield into a residential zone with restaurants, cafés and other public amenities. The design of the renowned design studio Jakub Cigler Architekti includes the integration of some of the original historical elements to preserve the genius loci of the old factory buildings.
Hundred-year-old factory in the third millennium
The extensive premises have undergone a number of reconstructions. The historically oldest building designed by Alois Richter at the corner of Moskevská and Vršovická streets is rather degraded from the architectural point of view. The factory building designed by Ladislav Skřivánek in 1917 in the New Classicist style survived to these days with its original appearance. The largest building of the entire premises, inspired by the Vienna Art Nouveau style, was designed and built by engineer Jindřich Pollert in 1920. Jindřich Pollert also participated in the construction of the other factory halls. With respect to the heritage, the premises will soon be revitalised but this time to satisfy the needs of residents living in a modern city. Our company will also provide one of the premises walls as graffiti area. The ceremonial handover of the area is scheduled at the end of this year.