01. July 2022
The annual meeting of real estate sector leaders took place in Warsaw at the end of June. The traditional gala evening culminated in the announcement of the winners of this year's CEEQA Awards. The Svoboda & Williams real estate agency won 1st place in the category Agent of the Year – Local Agency.
The CEEQA awards (full name Central & Eastern European Real Estate Quality Awards) is a prestigious and internationally acclaimed competition. Each year, important buildings, companies, and professionals from 18 Central and Eastern European countries are recognized for their achievements in commercial real estate, investments, and developments in European markets. The award winners are selected by a jury consisting of the most senior real estate experts, bankers, investors, and consultants, with the voting process overseen by Deloitte.
16. June 2022
Based on an exclusive agreement, the Svoboda & Williams real estate agency has launched the sale of units in an apartment building on the corner of Londýnská and Jugoslávská streets in Vinohrady. Once its thorough renovation is complete, it will offer 31 elegant high-standard apartments.
Part of the six-story Functionalist palace (the former Vinohrady Credit Union) has already been expensively reconstructed. Common areas and interiors have been designed by the QUADRATA architectural studio, with an eye to preserve the original concept of the building. Work is still continuing, but once finished the project will offer a captivating blend of restored Functionalist and modern elements that meet contemporary urban living demands. There will be a glazed elevator and a security main entrance door, and the building will be equipped with a new boiler that will provide central heating.
Apartment interiors will be designed to a high standard that includes double-layer wooden floors, Hansgrohe sanitary ware, Vitra bathroom ceramics, large-format tiles in natural stone decor, rebateless interior doors, and security entrance doors. The units face the street as well as a peaceful courtyard and most come with a balcony or terrace. Future owners can also purchase a cellar storage unit.
The Londýnská 54 and 56 project stands on one of the main streets in Vinohrady, in a popular area by a busy intersection in terms of traffic and urban amenities. At the same time, this part of Vinohrady boasts many elegant apartment houses designed by famous architects and tree-lined streets with excellent restaurants, cafes, schools, and shops.
More about the Londýnská 54 and 56 project.
14. June 2022
Slavonice was selected as the scene of Svoboda & Williams' real estate party during the second week of June. The company's entire team traveled to this picturesque town, famous for its special atmosphere and rich history, to participate in a team building event.
A key moment of this event was the presentation of the new IT database, which will significantly improve internal company processes and in the future will also result in a more user-friendly website and tool for external users. In spite of the bad weather, people were undeterred and went on bike rides, participated in a ceramics class, took a trip to the nearby unique wetlands maintained by the Refugium environmmental organization, or learned about Slavonice's colorful history. Zdeněk Žampa, a native of the town and member of the Sklep theater, known to everyone by his nickname, Žampič, led people on an informative guided tour. Besides soaking up the town's special ambiance, team Svoboda & Williams also discussed real estate market analyses and forecasts, business strategies, and made time for introductions and informal meetings as it has grown to 130 members in its 16 years in the real estate business.
17. May 2022
Based on an exclusive agreement with the Trigema investment group, Svoboda & Williams is launching the first rental phase of the apartments in the Fragment residential project. This unique building, which from the very beginning was conceived to combine architecture, art, and residential development, is nearing the finish line—the first residents can move in december of 2022.
Fragment is the result of the collaboration between the Trigema investment group, architects David Wittassek and Jiří Řezák from the prestigious Qarta studio, and artist David Černý. Behind the building’s facade made up of dynamically pixelated blocks, there are now 140 apartments for rent that have been fully furnished with designer pieces and elements from floor to ceiling. “Fragment has the ambition to rewrite the chapter on rental housing in the Czech Republic. With its blend of art and design both inside and out, its added services, and superior standards, it goes well above and beyond “ordinary” residential housing,” says Marcel Soural, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Trigema Group.
Future tenants of Fragment will surely appreciate availing themselves of the most modern facilities that guarantee maximum comfort. Each unit’s equipment includes heating and cooling through active ceilings, air-conditioning with heat recovery, filtration, and humidity and air supply temperature treatment, and a Loxone Smart Home system that allows them to adjust the temperature to their liking as well as the apartment’s ventilation, lighting, intercom, and security. Convenience and carefree living is also ensured by a wide range of services readily available to Fragment’s residents.
The building itself is not only an extraordinary architectural landmark, but has also made use of the most modern construction techniques and solutions. These include, for example, ground-to-water heat pumps with a system of 30 geothermal boreholes 180 m deep, well and groundwater for operational consumption, and green roofs covered with vegetation.
Final approval is planned in november of 2022.
More information about the Fragment project.
13. May 2022
The beginning of the final approval process is set for the last day of May, but it's likely that the apartments in the newly built villas will be approved before summer 2022.
The final approval of the four newly built apartment villas is fast approaching. Currently, the exteriors, common green areas, outdoor parking spaces, and the gated complex's private driveway are complete.
The Slávičie residences are surrounded by mature trees in a neighborhood with a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere. Each of the villas has the same layout and offers apartments suitable for families, couples, and individuals. Identical three-bedroom apartments are on the second and third floors, and on the top floor you will find an exclusive one-bedroom apartment with a terrace that faces three cardinal directions. The first floors will offer non-residential premises, which can be used as apartments or offices. Secure parking and cellar storage units are in the basement.
More information about the project.
02. May 2022
The masterpiece by the abstract artist Jackson Pollock entitled Number 31, painted in the year 1949, is one of the defining modern artworks of the 20th century. Christie’s will exclusively offer it in its May auction in New York. The painting has spent the last sixteen years in a private collection and is estimated to be worth 45 million dollars.
Christie’s auction house will sell Pollock’s painting Number 31 during its 20th Century Evening Sale event, which will be held on May 12th at Rockefeller Plaza in New York. Painted in 1949, the work is one of the best examples of Pollock’s famous expressionist drip paintings, representing a pivotal moment in the development of 20th century art. The painting has been part of a private collection since 2006.
Pollock created Number 31 in a flurry of artistic creativity at the end of 1949 and the work was then exhibited with Pollock’s art dealer, Betty Parsons, later that same year. Critics immediately hailed it as “the best painting he has yet done.” The 78.7 x 57.2 cm work has been shown in many important exhibits, including the 1967 Jackson Pollock retrospective at MoMa in New York.
05. April 2022
This premium project LuxApartments located in Šajdíkove Humence, only an hour’s drive from either Bratislava or Brno, offers private living with direct access to and views of a lake and a celebrated 36-hole golf course.
New-build apartments in a timeless style with layouts ranging from 33 sq. m. to 157 sq. m. will be added to Svoboda & Williams’ portfolio. Situated in the Penati Golf Resort, their owners will be able to enjoy biking, Nordic walking, hiking, water biking, boating, and tennis, in addition to golf. The complex also includes a children’s playground and a restaurant. The building consists of two ground floor apartments with terraces and front gardens, three apartments with terraces on the first floor, and one spacious penthouse on the top floor. This modern residence lies on the shores of a lake with a private residents only beach.
The apartment house provides direct views of the lake and an interior connected to the exterior. The rooftop penthouses are sold fully furnished with premium Italian furniture by the Minotti and Poliform brands and boast direct access from the elevator for an extra level of comfort. The eco-friendly building is made of custom-created CLT panels in combination with high-quality natural materials.
More information about the LuxApartments.
23. March 2022
The anticipated May auction in New York's Christie's auction house ended as expected—by setting a new record. Andy Warhol's iconic portrait of Marilyn Monroe was recently sold for 195 million dollars. Shot Sage Blue Marilyn is now the most expensive work of 20th century art to be sold at auction.
Like Warhol and Monroe, even the buyer is famous. The record-breaking bid was made in person by Larry Gagosian, the most influential art dealer in the world. People are now speculating whether Gagosian bought the artwork for himself or for one of his mega-collectors.
Along with his Campbell’s Soup Cans, the portrait of Marilyn Monroe is one of Andy Warhol’s most famous works. Already one of the legends of Pop Art, he began immortalizing the Hollywood beauty through silkscreen printing in 1962, shortly after her death. In 1964, he developed a more refined but much more demanding screen printing technique, which he used to hold up a mirror to the era’s ubiquitous mass produced images. This resulted in the very limited number of images he created, one of which is Shot Sage Blue Marilyn.
The famous painting was owned by the Thomas and Doris Ammann Foundation, which was started by the Ammann siblings, who opened the Thomas Ammann Fine Art gallery in Zurich in 1977. All proceeds of the sale will benefit the foundation, whose mission is to improve the healthcare of children and provide them with educational programs worldwide.
“The most significant 20th century painting to come to auction in a generation, Andy Warhol’s Marilyn is the absolute pinnacle of American Pop and the promise of the American Dream encapsulating optimism, fragility, celebrity and iconography all at once,” says Alex Rotter, Christie’s Chairman, 20th and 21st Century Art.
15. March 2022
As the exclusive seller of the apartments and non-residential premises in the new Slávičie Residences project, Svoboda & Williams is reporting on the latest construction news. Located in Bratislava’s Slávičie Valley, the facades of the buildings are now finished and work has begun on the common outdoor areas.
The private residential complex with its own driveway is made up of 4 residences that are almost complete. The facades are finished and only the surfaces of the terraces need to be laid. Ornamental trees are being planted and the sidewalks and outdoor parking spaces in the common areas are being created. Also being finalized is the private road leading to the residences and the landscaping of the grounds that will include gazebos and benches.
Final approval is planned for the end of April. The apartments will be sold in a state of white walls, which allows their interiors to be customized by their new owners.
More information about the Slávičie project.
04. March 2022
Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a wave of solidarity swept across the Czech Republic. Svoboda & Williams employees organized a donation drive and raised CZK 400,000 in just five days. The collected amount will be sent to the Red Cross.
“The entire world is watching what is happening in Ukraine and it’s important for those who can to help. Since last Thursday, a large group of colleagues have been supporting the country in various ways. Earlier this week, however, we came to the conclusion that joint and coordinated assistance is the most effective. We therefore chose to support Ukraine by donating to the Red Cross, which provides essential health care services in war-torn areas and is prepared for the arrival of refugees from Ukraine,” says Prokop Svoboda, owner of Svoboda & Williams.
You can support the Red Cross in Ukraine by sending a donation to the following account: 333999/2700, variable symbol 1502.