Then & Now: JESTED…

1. Februar 2019

…a place that is a symbol of the Liberec region and at the altitude of 1012 m also a dominant feature of North Bohemia. In the 1970s, the architect Karel Hubácek decided to place a television transmitter, restaurant and hotel in one tower

Built between 1965 and 1973

In the 1970s, the architect Karel Hubáček decided to place a television transmitter, restaurant and hotel in one tower. Even before the construction work had finished, he was awarded the Auguste Perret Prize (1969) by the International Union of Architects for its unique architecture. Ještěd became a National Cultural Monument and the Building of the Century. Ještěd comprises a television transmitter, hotel and restaurant. People can enjoy a restaurant with capacity of up to 200 seats or experience a night in one of the hotel rooms “above the clouds“. Ještěd is not only a hotel, it is a unique building where the authors used lots of new technologies and technical patents at their time. Many components for the building and also most of the equipment were originals created in a deep centrally planned economy during the 1970s in Czechoslovakia. Ještěd is making now efforts to its former state.

The accommodation on Mount Ještěd is an unforgettable experience. Each of the rooms has views that you can never be offered anywhere else. Do you like modern rooms? No problem. Do you want to travel back in time and experience retro rooms restored according to the original plans? You can’t make a mistake in selecting a room.

Ještěd restaurant has four parts, which form a circle and are connected with one another. The staircase from the reception hall leads into the main part of the restaurant with 130 seats, the cafe has seating for 50, the salon for 14 and the Avion bar for 16 guests.

All the original works of art in Ještěd remained preserved: glass and cement monumental relief called Falling Meteorites, made by art couple Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová, railings welded from discarded pieces of steel made by painter Jaroslav Klápště, beaten brass sheeting on the reception wall and entrance door made by Miloš Koška, ceramic tiles on the walls of the staircase to the hotel rooms made by a trio of ceramic artists, wavy glass wall made by glass artist Karel Wünsch and tapestry on the wall in the salon made by Vladimír Křečan.

The construction of Ještěd brought knowledge and a variety of new materials for the Czechoslovak industry of that time. For example the implementation of the plastic large-span structures (at that time the largest structure in the world), the introduction of the manufacture of the protective cylinders for TV antenna systems by coiling technique, the application of the transverse oscillation dampers prototypes (for the first time in Czechoslovakia), the solution to metallic-plastic casing and a number of small constructional improvements.

Thanks to these developmental and experimental steps, the hotel was declared a cultural monument in 1998. In 2000 the building became the construction of the century in the Czech architecture. In 2006 the building was declared a national cultural monument and, subsequently, in 2007 the transmitter was added to the indicative list of UNESCO.

Images: Courtesy of  Ještěd


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