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.
“My dream is to build something like Avion on Americké Square in Bratislava’s downtown,” said Karol Machánek, project manager at Corwin. “There the flats are not sold, but inherited and everyone who lives there is proud to come from such a home.”
The developer acquired the 1.6-hectare plot in this post-industrial site from the previous owner. It was accompanied by a finished project of two towers connected by a lower building and a valid development permit. However, the developer decided to redesign the project with the help of renowned architectural studio AllesWirdGut.
The development will have an atypical doubled façade and interconnected balconies.
The primary, rear façade will be dark, meet all technical requirements and protect the housing itself. The outer façade will be formed from a set of balconies going around the entire façade. Screens on the balconies will provide privacy and create shade over the balcony.
The towers will be 19 and 16 storeys, respectively, and will be interconnected by a lower, eight-storey building. Altogether there will be about 290 apartments of generous sizes. The two-bedroom apartments will be more than 80 square metres and three-bedroom apartments will be about 100 square metres. The larger ones will be located in the towers, while the middle section will have smaller apartments.
The developer promises flats equipped with smart ceiling heating. The cooling system will meet high quality standards and energy sustainability requirements.
“Our idea was to design a residential building that would be as close to low-energy standards as possible, which is not easy with such a big building,” said Machánek.
At the same time, the development will not be loaded with technology that will make its operation more expensive in the future. This is why they chose heat pumps for heating and cooling and designed green roofs. To retain rainwater and not let it fill up the sewers, the developer will create rain gardens.
Photo: Courtesy of Corwin
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