Hotel Thermal – Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

The impressive Hotel Thermal in Karlovy Vary – the historic spa town in western Bohemia renowned for its mineral springs – was built between 1967 and 1976.

The 19-storey reinforced concrete complex was designed by Czechoslovakian architects Věra und Vladimír Machonin in Functionalist style influenced by Brutalism.

Since its opening in 1977, the Thermal Hotel has hosted the prestigious Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

The whole building is currently undergoing debated renovation works.