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.
“It is necessary to look on it also from a wider angle and how the given building affects its surroundings as well,” one of the participants voting commented, as cited by the website. “With regards to this, Park Inn, in completely destroying the impression when entering the Old Town, wins unambiguously.”
Another voter compared it with a “cow placed in the middle of a living room”.
The façade of the recently rebuilt hotel has raised criticism from the council of the Old Town borough as well as conservationists, and its owner is supposed to change it.
Sub: Other ugly buildings
In total, nine buildings from Bratislava and one building in Banská Bystrica competed for the title of ugliest new building. The reconstructed waiting room in the main railway station placed second, followed by the so-called Green Cube.
The Bonaparte residential complex, in which former prime minister Robert Fico lives, placed fourth.
The project Pri Mýte ended fourth. It this case the opinion of the general public differs from that of experts as it was one of six nominated for the prestigious architectural award CEZAAR in the category of apartment buildings.
SC Point in Banská Bystrica ended as the sixth ugliest building, while Fuxova ended seventh.
Bratislava’s Panorama Towers, now the highest residential buildings in Slovakia with a height of 112 metres, were eighth.
The Zuckermandel development on the Danube Embankment in Bratislava was ninth.
Radničné Square in Bratislava’s borough of Rača ended tenth.
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.
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.
Bratislava’s Old Town has gotten a new square. It is part of a new office-residential complex called Blumental, built by the development company Corwin. It is flanked by streets Mýtna and Radlinského and interconnects with them. It was named after mediaeval King Matthias Corvinus, Matej Korvín Square.
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.