Bratislava’s regional self-government will provide €12,000 to support the project known as Stratené mesto (Lost City) which will construct a replica of a synagogue on the site where the original building stood at Bratislava’s historic Rybné námestie (Fish Square) with the goal to revive, virtually, a part of Slovak capital that was destroyed in the past, complete with its ancient name of Podhradie (Settlement Round the Castle).
Pavol Frešo, president of the Bratislava Self-Governing Region, told the TASR newswire that it is important to commemorate important buildings within the boundaries of Bratislava, like the demolished synagogue, that were an essential part of city life in the past.
The project was initiated by the Israeli Chamber of Commerce in Slovakia with the hope to show – particularly for younger people – at least a virtual image of how that part of the city looked before it was torn down in the 1960s. The regional government will attempt to solicit donations from other sources so that it is not the only source of funds for the project. Bratislava Mayor Milan Ftáčnik said that he also supports the project, the SITA newswire wrote.
The project, officially called “Stratené mesto: Bratislava Pozsony Pressburg”, seeks to motivate Bratislavans to look at their past and commemorate certain traditions that were practically erased over the course of the 20th century. Bratislava has been using its current name only since the early 20th century; before then was called by its Hungarian name, Pozsony, or by its German name, Pressburg, as both these languages were spoken in Bratislava and the city had multicultural traditions because of its proximity to the Austrian and Hungarian borders.
Another idea presented as part of the project is to feature key events and locales in the interior of a tram that has initially been dubbed "The Tram of Historical Memory” that will travel over a route with the symbolic name “The Ring of Historical Memory”.
At the midpoint of the ring the virtual silhouette of the synagogue will appear in the form of a coulisse in Rybné námestie, where the original 25-metre-tall synagogue, completed in 1893, was situated.
Photo: Jana Liptáková
Caption: The image of the synagogue that was demolished to make way for Bratislava’s Nový Most can be seen in this engraving alongside the bridge.
The new city district Bory, between the Small Carpathians and the Morava River in Bratislava, continues to grow. Its developer Penta Real Estates has announced two more phases to the residential area. After completion, the new district will feature offices, shops, parks and amenities including a kindergarten, besides housing.
Housing construction in recent years has lagged behind consumer demand in Slovakia. Not only were new apartments bought, but also older homes, whose prices were pushed higher by the acute shortage of new residential buildings.
Long-term manager and developer of logistics warehouses, P3 Logistic Parks, continues to record strong growth over the past 12 months. This has been driven, in part, by the boom in online demand, which has fuelled the need for strategically-located warehouses in Europe. P3’s customer base has grown by 20 percent, with customer retail share surpassing 30 percent for the first time in the company’s history.
Housing affordability in the Bratislava Region is the lowest compared to the remaining seven regions of Slovakia. This is true for employees with an average monthly wage of €1,360 and average prices of residential real estate. While the average wage in this region is 39 percent above the national average, the average price for one square metre of real estate is 117 percent higher than the average, specified VÚB bank analyst Andrej Arady.
Company owners are searching for more effective solutions for managing their companies. One of such solution is shared office space; as much as 80 percent of companies using this solution put cost reduction as the reason. This way they save especially on costs needed for acquisition of offices and rentals, as well as repair and maintenance costs, a survey conducted by International Workspace has confirmed.
Extensive reconstruction of Mlynské Nivy Street in Bratislava and construction of a brand new central bus station, including an adjacent high rise office building, are progressing. Currently almost 450 workers of various professions and 18 cranes are working on it, the biggest construction site in central Europe at 4.4 hectares large. The developer HB Reavis still promises to launch the new bus station in late 2020.
In the former industrial zone on Račianska Street in Bratislava, next to the Lidl retail store, stands an old brick smokestack and concrete beams. These are the remnants of a long defunct parquet factory. Developer Corwin plans to replace the remnants with Guthaus, a residential complex with a new vision for housing quality.