Nowadays, a trip to Olomouc is a must if you want to gain a better insight into Czech design and architecture. In the last few years, the city has seen the emergence of countless new ventures, putting Czechia on the map for design lovers. The Telegraph building, one of the latest projects to brighten up Olomouc, is certainly a contribution to this.
The Telegraph is a multifunctional space that connects culture, work, and leisure. Its principles include openness and versatility, offering a wide range of uses for everyone, while also providing a luxurious quality. The building of the former telegraph factory has retained its functional originality, which, in addition to the excellent architectural design of the 1900s, was above all due to the nature of the activity. For centuries, the telegraph has enabled people to express themselves, share, transmit and receive each other’s thoughts. The Telegraph now aims to revive these values and rebuild community. The building is a meeting point for art lovers, entrepreneurs, freelancers, and businesses.
Since its inception, the modernized Telegraph’s primary mission has been to communicate and promote art through exhibitions. Due to the inescapable nature of art and culture, the building’s entire ground floor is dedicated to the display of artworks. This is also important because the daily rush means that people rarely have time for art, as most of their day is taken up by work. Hence the need for a new requirement: the right working environment to make the Telegraph as enjoyable as possible. A fantastic café was created, as well as meeting rooms, offices, and chill-out zones, which quickly became the most popular part of the building. This was later joined by the need for cultural recreation, which is now served by a multi-purpose hall. Its primary function is not strictly defined, but it’s often used as a cinema, a venue for lectures, workshops, conferences, or other cultural events for anyone. The Telegraph is open to ideas and constantly seeks to meet current needs.
On the top floor, which is currently the newest, is Loft, a small apartment design typical of Western Europe. The Telegraph Loft is not cheap accommodation, in fact, it’s probably among the most expensive in Czechia, but you’re in for an experience like no other, spending the night around the pinnacle of the local art scene in an interior where every detail is flawless. The Loft is the answer to how to integrate contemporary Czech design into the interior. The upper part, which can be rented for events or booked as a hotel room, is enriched with artworks and interior accessories to show how one can coexist with contemporary art.
The result is an ambitious project that goes beyond the boundaries of the industry. Its multi-genre structure is built around a common ground: service. The Telegraph is operated by the power of community, shaping everyday life in a building that defines the city of Olomouc.