The new development that is rising on the premises of the former Bratislava Thread Factory, colloquially known as Cvernovka, is getting a new name – Zwirn. The new name symbolises a move forwards as well as connecting the whole zone with its history, claims the Slovak-Finnish developer YIT Slovakia. The factory has changed names several times over the years. It was called Pozsony Csernagyar, Pressburger Zwirnfabrik, Bratislavská Cvernová Továreň, Danubia, and Závody MDŽ 8. Marca.
“The new name Zwirn stems from the original name of the thread factory and carries in it the tradition of the function of this area, which we certainly do not want to forget,” said Milan Murcko, general director of YIT Slovakia as cited by the Denník N daily.
The fact however is that the developer failed to agree with the community of artists, architects and other so-called creatives about the right to use the name Cvernovka for the new development. The community registered the name as a trademark in late 2015 even before YIT Slovakia acquired the premise. The negotiations about the possible usage of the name of Cvernovka for the development failed on the price.
YIT Slovakia bought the former Bratislava Thread Factory in November 2015. Last year it selected architects from the Bratislava-based studio Compass Architekti via an international competition to design the project for these premises.
Of the former factory only the protected spinning mill, Pradiareň, and the engine house will be preserved. Pradiareň will be converted into office and retail space. The engine house, called Silocentrála in Slovak, will become a café and a congress hall. YIT Slovakia also plans to build about 700 flats in the area.
Photo: Courtesy of YIT Slovakia
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Prices of apartments grew at a two-digit pace in Slovakia in 2018. The average price of an apartment increased from €1,479 per square metre to €1,655 per square metre during the first 11 months of 2018. This means an increase of €176 per square metre or 11.9 percent, Vladimír Kubrický, analyst with the Real Estate Union, told the TASR newswire.
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