National Memorial at Vítkov, Prague - Žižkov, Czech Republic

Under the management of the companies GEMA ART GROUP a.s. and HOCHTIEF a.s., reconstruction of the National Memorial complex at Vítkov Hill, lasting more than two years, has taken place. The work undertaken included the complete renovation of the outer casing of the building and its immediate surroundings, such as the staircase, the Courtyard of Honour, the site of the Greek torches and the fountains. All premises inside the building including windows, doors, floors, ceilings, furnishings and light fittings were also restored. As part of the project an effort was made to rid the memorial of some unsuitable changes made in the 1950s, chiefly the building alterations to the east part where in the past the mausoleum of President Klement Gottwald was located. A new interconnected exhibition space has been created at the first floor above ground level and above it a new glass walled coffee house with views of Prague has been built. Since 2001 the National Memorial at Vítkov has been under the administration of the National Museum. The aim of the renovation was the establishment of a cultural and civic centre while preserving the function of the Memorial as a representation of Czech nationhood to which purpose a permanent exhibition "Crossroads of Czech and Czechoslovak Nationhood" has been installed. In view of the materials and techniques used, the work which was carried out was, in many respects, unique. This made it a prestigious commission for GEMA ART GROUP a.s., both in the extent and in the variety of the required building, restoration and artisan and craft work.

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Church of St James the Greater in Jihlava, Czech Republic

The parish Church of St James is undoubtedly one of the dominant features of the Southern Moravian town of Jihlava. The three-nave church built during the 13th century is a listed National Cultural Monument of the Czech Republic. The Baroque interior contents of the Church of St James have great historic value. Restoration of the altars of St Anna, St Ursula and The Virgin Mary was part of the contractual remit given to the company GEMA ART GROUP a.s.
All work was carried out by experts holding a required Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic licence and was supervised by the staff from the local branch of the National Heritage Institute. All work fully complied with required technical parameters.

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Hotel Kings Court - house conversion into a hotel, Prague, Czech Republic

 Kings Court Hotel in the centre of Prague is one of the city's top luxury hotel complexes. It was built at the beginning of the 20th century according to the design of architect Antonín Turek in the Neo-Renaissance style and is located in Prague's historic centre, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Accordingly, all the work was carried out under the constant supervision of National Heritage Institute staff. GEMA ART GROUP a.s. participated in this complex conversion of a former Palace of the Chamber of Trade and Commerce into a hotel as the main sub-contractor for the specialist craft and artisan restoration work, which constituted an extensive part within the framework of the whole conversion. The GEMA ART GROUP a.s. contribution involved among other tasks the restoration of the façade to its original colour scheme, as well as restoration of individual decorative elements. All restoration and building work was completed within the given timeframe on 16th December 2009.

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Baroque Bridge in Žďár nad Sázavou, Czech Republic

Because of the delapidated state of this Baroque granite bridge it was decided in 2009 to carry out its reconstruction and restoration. As the bridge has the status of a state protected monument, the height adjustment of the bridge was undertaken with the participation of GEMA ART GROUP a.s., holder of the appropriate Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic licence and the author of the restoration proposal. Throughout the duration of the task the restorers worked in cooperation with the local branch of the National Heritage Institute in the town of Telč. As well as a professional photogrammetric survey and the actual heightening of the bridge by 25 centimetres, an overall restoration of the bridge was also required, which included the replacement of some stone elements. Granite copies from the Panská Dubenka area were commissioned for this purpose. This source was selected after careful petrological evaluation of samples from four different locations.
The task represented a uniquely specific commission for GEMA ART GROUP a.s. as regards the construction and technological demands of the work involved. The bridge, which leads to the Žďár monastery, is one of the town's important Baroque architectural monuments.

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