This monastery-turned-restaurant has given architectural planners 400 years of layers to reveal — and celebrate. The gradual unveiling is being handled by ADR architectural studio with a mission to respect the original architecture in the process.

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Known as the Broumov Monastery, the building originated in the era of baroque architecture. Rather than demolishing the masterpiece in favor of modernization, the design team is painstakingly refurbishing one section at a time. This is in conjunction with a variety of other projects the studio has tackled in the complex, including the Café Dietzenhofer, revitalization of the Růžový dvůr (The Rose Yard), a new visitor center and the U Tří růží (Three Roses) restaurant in the south wing.

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Over the centuries, the monastery has seen many uses and suffered a period of neglect and disrepair. The current investor asked the team to renovate the space while staying true to the original footprint, which didn’t exactly match modern needs. The resulting Three Roses Restaurant is a nod to the original pub that served food and drink in the location for the first few hundred years before the decay began, so history was on their side. Still, designers had to reverse inadequate previous attempts at improvements and overcome other obstacles. Working with preservationists, the studio worked meticulously to salvage items with historical relevance and replicate the authentic appeal of the baroque era.

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Separate yet connected vaults, a kitchen, an event room and indoor and outdoor dining areas are discovered through corridors accented by distinctive archways and terrazzo tile floors made from a local producer. Along the way, every surface that could be salvaged or resurfaced has remained inside the building, including old flooring that became a bar top and layers of paint that were left as-is to reveal the history of the space. 

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Inside the kitchen, the original tile stove, stone moldings and a number of tiny little windows and doors found in unexpected positions have benefitted from refurbishing, too. Original casement windows and paneled doors were preserved in the spirit of authenticity as well as inspiration for modern conversation. All salvageable, historically relevant items have been refurbished or replicated, and the restaurant is filled with rustic wood tables and wall paneling for a traditional pub vibe.

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Photography by BoysPlayNice via ADR Studio