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Hotel Sumadija in Arandjelovac Might Soon Get a New Look – 196 Rooms, Spa and Wellness Center, Congress Center… (PHOTO)

(Photo: Urbanistički projekat / Atelje AL)
The Municipality of Arandjelovac has issued a notice which says that, for the project of reconstruction and extension of Hotel Sumadija, the preparation of the Environmental Impact Assessment Study is required. This is a project which was up for public review and which was prepared by Atelje AL doo from Vrnjacka Banja. The investor is Bukovicka banja Stublina doo Arandjelovac.

The hotel was built in the 1930s. It has been pronounced a cultural good and is protected at the Institute for Protection of Cultural Monuments of the Republic of Serbia.

The parcel on which the hotel is located is on the very outline of the north part of the Bukovicka banja park, one of the oldest and best-preserved spa parks in Serbia. South of the hotel are two outdoor pools with the accompanying locker rooms and the Arkade restaurant. The facilities are, for the most part, in a state of disrepair, out of function and featuring an inadequate look compared to the surroundings.

With its features, said unit would complement the offer for the future users of the whole area and beyond, but not just with the features of the reconstructed and extended facility, but also through forming an attractive open space for all visitors in the form of a developed green area, the garden of the hotel’s patisserie, the outdoor pool beach and so on, the documentation says.

The urban project plans the development of the construction parcel and the construction of said facility with all the accompanying areas, such as road and pedestrian access routes, traffic and maneuvering areas, green areas, as well as parking areas in the form of two underground garages.

Hotel Sumadija

Since the time the hotel was built, the standards in hotel management have changed considerably. In order for the facility to be able to meet the contemporary demands and be competitive in the market, an extension of the existing hotel has been designed, with a bedroom block, a congress center and a part with indoor and outdoor pools, which, in short, comprise the functional organization of the complex.

The extended part of the Hotel Sumadija facility is to have two underground levels, a basement, five floors, including the ground floor, and a loft.

The main entrance to the facility is to be kept at the same recognizable place which features the existing main entrance to the hotel.

An expansion of the canopy of the main entrance is planned so as to enable a covered access to the hotel for road vehicles.

The plan is to turn the topmost level into a floor. That is, as the slanted roof with roof windows is not an original part of the existing floor, the forming of a floor that would fit into the form of the facility itself through a modern interpretation of the slanted roof and roof windows is allowed.
(Photo: Urbanistički projekat / Atelje AL)

The central atrium of the existing facility should be kept as an open space, that is, the existing atrium could potentially be closed by a glass lantern on the roof (at the level of the roof plate above the lobby at the ground floor level). In this past of the facility (the existing facility of Hotel Sumadija), in the functional sense, the following spaces are formed:

– an entrance hall with an a la carte restaurant at the ground floor level;

– bedrooms with room service spaces on the first two upper floors and the loft, but also partially on the ground floor level;

– technical rooms with a primary restaurant for breakfast and dinner and a part of the kitchen on the basement level of the existing facility.

In addition to increasing the accommodation capacities, which would be organized on higher floors of the new extended part of the facility in order to provide a better offer, the following features are planned in the new extended part of the facility:

– an outdoor pool;

– and indoor pool with a spa and wellness center;

– a congress hall (multifunctional hall);

– a room for meetings of various capacities;

– a central kitchen;

– technical rooms and an underground garage on the basement level and on the lowermost underground level with a space for the renting of bicycles.

A heated corridor is planned between the extended part of the facility and the existing facility of Hotel Sumadija.
(Photo: Urbanistički projekat / Atelje AL)


The reconstruction of the outdoor bath, with an expansion and an extension, is planned, entailing the integration of the Arkade facility into the east façade of the newly formed facility, as well as the establishment of a heated corridor with Hotel Sumadija (potentially with the General Hospital building too), that is, between the features in the single tourist complex that all these facilities comprise (heated corridors may also be formed on the levels of the underground floors and/or the ground floor).

The demolition and removal of all the existing facilities, except for Hotel Sumadija, is planned, along with, as said, the integration of the existing wall of the outdoor bathroom with arcades into the east façade of the newly formed facility.

Preliminary design winner at contest

The preliminary design which is an integral part of this Urban Project is the work carrying the code 68135 that won the Contest which took place in April and May 2021. The team of Atelje AL consists of Branimir Lukic, Darko Cvetkovic and Nevena Novcic.

In preparing the project documentation for the reconstruction and extension of Hotel Sumadija, special care was taken about the architectural connection of the old and the new, so to properly preserve the building legacy, while also giving it a contemporary stamp.

The existing wall of the east façade of the outdoor bath with arcades is kept as a screen behind which features of an outdoor pool and the balcony of the congress hall are planned, and the idea was to have the recognizable character of this wall be dominant compared to the retracted elements, while also being connected into a single whole with the extended parts of the facility.

In designing this facility, care was taken to meet the basic needs of a four-star hotel.

On the existing facility, the minimum requirements also need to be upgraded through improving the heating comfort, acoustic and, finally, visual comfort of the hotel’s clients. Special attention should be paid to the energy efficiency of the facility during the exploitation.

The entrance hall is directly connected with the a la carte restaurant (on the ground floor) and the main restaurant in the basement, but also, through a heated corridor, with the congress center, the bedroom block of the existing part of the hotel and the spa center with outdoor and indoor pools.

On the ground floor, next to the a la carte restaurant, an aperitif bar with a patisserie and a garden is planned in the atrium part of the space which is formed by the heated corridor, the existing part of the facility and the extended part of the facility.

Next to the main entrance, the entrance to the congress center is also planned, on the ground floor level, so that this part of the hotel, with its features (the wardrobe, the lobby, mini meeting rooms of various capacities) would also be easily available directly to users which are not hotel guests during certain celebrations, presentations and gatherings.

Rooms for administration employees and other employees are specially designed with all the auxiliary rooms and meeting rooms, wardrobes and toilets.
(Photo: Urbanistički projekat / Atelje AL)

The following technical-technological units are planned in the facility:

– underground garages (at the basement level and the lowermost underground level);

– a central kitchen with auxiliary rooms and a space for food delivery with road access;

– a washing room with auxiliary rooms;

– technical rooms (AC chambers, pool technology, tanks, gas boiler room, spaces for garbage with road access and so on);

Due to the configuration of the terrain, the basement level is fully dug in within the part where the underground garage and the central kitchen are planned, with technical rooms, to Ilije Garasanina Street, whereas, on the opposite side, toward the park, the following rooms are oriented:

– congress rooms with a balcony in the extended part of the facility:

– and the main restaurant with an outdoor space on the park (terrain) level, in the existing part of the facility. The restaurant has a capacity of around 100 spaces (additional seating for cases of higher hotel occupancy rate can be organized in the hall in front of the restaurant, but also in the garden of the restaurant).

In the rear part of the kitchen, a waiters’ office with a part for dish-washing and a vertical communication (through an elevator and a two-way staircase) with the underground levels, but also the ground floor, due to the a la carte restaurant, is planned.

The features of the wellness and spa center:

– an outdoor pool, an indoor pool connected with the outdoor pool, a water-massage pool, wellness (a Finnish sauna, a bio sauna and a Turkish bath, a tepidarium and a cold shower), rooms – massage cabins, wardrobes with a sanitary block.

The area of the water mirrors of the outdoor pools (the water-massage part of the pool, the outdoor pool, the children’s pool) is around 384 m2. The area of the indoor pool can be up to cca 5.30 m tall. The area of the indoor pool is oriented so that it is possible to make a direct connection with the outdoor pool and the space around it. The area of the water mirror of the indoor pool is around 262 m2.

Rooms for hairdressing, cosmetics, manicure, pedicure and so on are planned in the wellness part of the center.

A gym with special wardrobes, a small bowling alley and a café bar are planned on this level, which complements the overall offer of the hotel.

A sleeping block is designed at the level of the upper floors of both the existing and the extended part of the hotel, with 67 rooms in the existing part of the facility and 129 rooms in the extended part of the facility – a total of 196 rooms.

A. K.

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