“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.
Bratislava is scheduled to get a new landmark within a few years. The developer J&T Real Estate (JLRE) has obtained a development permit for the project of extending Eurovea on the Danube embankment. Included is the 168-metre high Eurovea Tower, the first building in Bratislava that meets the latest criteria for being called a skyscraper, i.e. higher than 150 metres. The residence tower will have 47 storeys and have almost more than 380 residential units. The project will add 84,000 square metres of retail premises to the existing ones in the first phase of Eurovea, the Hospodárske Noviny wrote.
The Saudi-Arabian company Sisban has started building a brand new logistics park near the village Chocholná-Velčice in the Trenčín Region. Sihoť Park will spread over 160,000 square metres, while investments are projected at €50 million. This is the company’s first investment in Slovakia, the TASR newswire reported.
Tightening of conditions for taking mortgages has made house ownership less available for many Slovaks. Banks do not provide mortgages covering 100-percent of real estate prices anymore, and thus those interested financing a house or flat via a mortgage must pay a portion of the purchase price in cash.
New Stein, an office building recently built on the former Stein brewery premises in Bratislava has a new owner. MiddleCap Real Estate Ltd. sold the building to Prvý Realitný Fond managed by IAD Investments. Even though they did not reveal the price, the companies claim that it is one of the largest real estate transactions in Slovakia for 2018.
After more than a 10 year break, construction work on the derelict skeleton of an unfinished shopping centre in Nitra will resume. The developer Living Park will rebuild it into a complex named Promenáda Living Park, combining shopping with housing. It has already obtained a construction permit, the SITA newswire reported.
Aupark, one of the first modern shopping centres in Bratislava, is to extend its premises. A new block, for which it has already obtained permissions, should add a new parking lot as well as extension of the retail area, the Trend weekly informs on its website dedicated to real estate.
The construction industry is a huge consumer of energy and generator of greenhouse gases. Thus, it is important to pursue green building to reduce these negative impacts. In Slovakia, green buildings and ecological construction make up 20-25 percent of all newly built real estate commented Martin Pribila, an expert in construction and green building in the discussion programme Tablet TV, hosted by the TASR newswire.