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 prestigious architecture award Arch went to the Vallo Sadovsky Architects studio for the Nádvorie (Courtyard) project in Trnava involving reconstruction and extension of a set of historical buildings in the city centre.
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.
Despite geopolitical uncertainty and a slow down in the economic cycle, investment in the global property market has seen a significant rise of 18 percent year-on-year to a new record high of $1.8 trillion, up from $1.5 trillion in 2017. Cushman & Wakefield, which examines global commercial real estate investment activity, assessing cities by their success at attracting capital, came to this conclusion in their latest report.
Fewer than 3,000 new apartments are available on the market of new residential buildings in Bratislava, which is the lowest figure for the past two years. As demand for new apartments is still relatively lively, prices for new units continue to grow slightly, the TASR newswire cited the real estate agency LEXXUS.
The Austrian company Soravia has opened a new retail zone in Liptovský Mikuláš in northern Slovakia, the Retail Park Liptovský Mikuláš. It is 9,000 square metres and is the first investment by the Austrian developer outside Bratislava. The investment totalling €22 million has created 100 jobs so far.