“This is a unique example of cooperation between the investor, architects and the city, which remained not only on the level of an excellently performed work but also generated a smart interactive and creative space for citizens,” said Eva Eichlerová, member of the jury. “The construction is intended for attractive usage, where people feel well and where they are welcome.”
Oliver Sadovský, one of two founders of the studio, said during the award ceremony on November 6 that it was a beautiful six-year work on a set of buildings.
“We are glad that we have brought this space to life again and that Trnava citizens have gotten a part of the historical centre back for usage,” Sadovský said during the award ceremony, as reported by the TASR newswire. The studio designed interiors, reconstruction, and new objects as well as the courtyard. “It was a good cooperation with an enlightened investor, who is not only interested in profit.”
What is Nádvorie
Nádvorie is a project of restorating and extending historical buildings in the centre of Trnava. Its investor is Trnka Investments, behind which is the family business of Miroslav Trnka, one of the founders of the cyber security company Eset.
The multi-storey buildings with a passage were connected through backyards. After uniting these adjacent sites a new open space was created within the central urban structure. The space was then complemented with new objects.
“We tried to preserve all important time traces in reconstructed objects, taking care of the unified material language, and respecting the principles of restoration,” the studio Vallo Sadovsky Architects writes about the project on its website.
The history of the buildings dates back to the 14th century, with changes from the 16th-20th century. Objects cluster a number of features, such as a cultural centre, restaurant, bakery shop, retail, offices and co-working spaces in the inter-linked attic.
Vallo Sadovsky Architects won also the CE ZA AR 2018 award for Nádvorie in the category of apartment houses.
Matúš Vallo, one of two founders of the studio, is the newly elected mayor of Bratislava.
What is Arch award
The Arch award is a prize for architecture given by the Arch magazine since 1998. Its specific feature is that it is not architects who enter their works in the competition, but the editors of the magazine Arch. The editing body first chooses 10 works published in the magazine and then a five-member jury selects the winner.
The oldest shopping mall in Bratislava, Polus City Center in Bratislava’s Nové Mesto borough, is undergoing major reconstruction. With an investment of €4 million euros, the interior and exterior of the shopping mall will undergo radical change.
Mlynica, a former industrial building in Bratislava rebuilt into a multi-purpose building, is one of 40 projects shortlisted for the prestigious European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. The biennial competition is considered to be the most prestigious architectural award in Europe.
The first of three residential towers of Sky Park, a project designed by the prominent Zaha Hadid Architect studio in Bratislava, reached its final height at the 31st above-ground floor at the end of last year. The other two towers will reach their final height during the first half of this year. Construction of the first of two office buildings and restoration of the historical heating plant known as Jurovičova Tepláreň are going on as well.
At the end of 2018, the offer of housing units in newly finished apartment buildings in Bratislava hit a low since 2002-2005, when this market started developing in Slovakia. This resulted in an increase of average prices of apartments.
The iconic building of the British retail chain Tesco department store in the centre of Bratislava has changed hands. The new owner of the building is the Mirage Shopping Center company of Žilina-based businessman George Trabelssie. Since 2016 the retail chain Tesco has sold five department stores across Slovakia. Trabelssie, who is close to former chair of the Slovak National Party (SNS) Ján Slota, acquired Tesco department stores also in Nitra and Žilina, the Hospodárske Noviny business daily reported. Tesco will continue to operate in the building on Kamenné Square as it will rent the premises.
The reconstruction of the Park Inn by Radisson Danube hotel in Bratislava has become the ugliest new building constructed between the years 2011 and 2018. As much as almost one third of 1002 participants in a survey organised by the website Trend Reality of the economic weekly Trend voted for it. The weekly launched the survey in early December. Its goal was to start a discussion and hold up a kind of mirror to developers.
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.