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Bratislava Culenova New City Centre

  • Bratislava , Slovakia
  • 2010 – 2013
  • Penta Investments Limited
  • Design
  • Gross Floor Area: 150,000sqmm2
  • Offices: 66,550sqm
  • Housing: 69,805sqm
  • Cultural: 5,000sqm
  • Phase 1
  • (Office Tower, Restaurant Pavilion, Underground parking)
  • Height of Tower: 115m
  • GFA (above ground): 43,560m2 (29 floors)
  • GFA (underground): 15,945m2 (2 floors)
  • Office space: 34,568m2
  • Restaurant: 1,327m2
  • Retail: 1,084m2

The design is based on a dynamic field strategy which organizes the new city centre’s program along a gradient of circular and elliptical patterns. A fluid field emerges from the underlying matrix in a series of larger tower extrusions towards the site’s perimeter and intermediate scale pavilion-like structures surrounding the cultural plaza adjacent to an existing decommissioned power station.

 

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To activate the ground throughout the whole site and provide public spaces of the highest quality, the underground car parking is covered by a one storey high modulated platform, which is perforated at strategic points for day-lit spaces that accommodate retailing, landscaped parks and various points of interest such as the cultural centre, museum shop, conference space and event halls.

Towards the site’s perimeter the platform is slightly raised at specific points to define the site’s edge and accommodate programmatic points of interest, access points to the parking levels below and access to office and residential towers above. At other strategic zones, the platform lowers to merge with the surrounding city level to link the new urban parks and plazas with the surrounding city fabric.

The scheme creates density via efficient high-rise structures while providing a generous and highly activated ground level with public spaces that are gradually differentiated within a 3-dimensional field condition.

 

Architect

Zaha Hadid Architects

Design

Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher

Project Architect

Thomas Vietzke
Jens Borstelmann

Design Team

Tom Wuenschmann, Torsten Broeder, Martin Krcha, Suryansh Chandra, Phillip Ostermeier, Goswin Rothental, Stefan Rinnebach, Michal Treder