The renovation of the NHI building was nominated for the Patrimonium Pro Futuro award in 2015, and it was also awarded an Honourable Mention in the competition for the Building of Ostrava in the same year. The project by MS architekti has become a good example of a quality renovation for listed buildings. With the renovation completed, not only is the cultural monument restored in Ostrava as a memory of the boom of inter-war period architecture but also new premises for cultural events and lectures were created.
The renovation of the Brizolit plaster was a complicated process, with a successful outcome – overall more than 200 windows were repaired, and the whole building insulated in a sensitive manner. Detailed renovation of the interior was also a challenge and included repairing the wooden wall panelling in meeting rooms, retiling the ceramic wall tiles along the corridors and creating special glazed meeting rooms.
Today’s NHI building was a former District Social and Health Institute. It was built between 1932 and 1934, and in 2010 the building was listed as protected thanks to its unique inter-war architecture. From October 2013 to July 2015, it was completely renovated. The National Heritage Institute was an extremely careful client and every detail, material and working process was discussed at length with the end result being a high quality and successful renovation of a listed building.