Zaha Hadid Architects begins construction on Slovakia’s Sky Park

Located just southeast of Bratislava’s city centre, Zaha Hadid Architects’ new project Sky Park looks to spark a redevelopment of the Slovakian capital’s derelict industrial area.

Converting an abandoned site into a new 20,000 square meter public park and community (which will see more than 700 apartments), the project will include 55,000 square metres of office and retail space.

The project’s apartment spaces offer a fluid architecture not common to the city’s residential development, as the much of its existing housing stock – known as ‘paneláks’ – was hastily constructed during the postwar housing shortage. In addition to the generous living spaces, Sky Park will further offer engaging communal areas that will encourage people to socialise.

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At the centre of the park is a decommissioned heating plant designed by local architecture icon Dušan Jurkovič, which dates back to 1941. A landmark of the area, the Jurkovičova Teplárne heating plan was threatened with demolition before being purchased by Penta. The plant is now listed as a national cultural monument, and its facades will be repaired as part of the Sky Park development.

The park’s design, selected by a jury in 2010, will open the site up to the public and allow visitors to experience the heating plant up close — a stark difference from the enclosing barriers that separated the building from its environment. In doing so, the project acts as an important link between Bratislava’s contemporary culture and its history.

“Sky Park is currently one of the most important Penta projects, not only due to the size of the investment,” said Jozef Oravkin, partner in Penta Investments, “but also due to the overall significance for our capital city, with its concept and solution of public spaces.”

News of Sky Park’s commencement comes on the heels of Zaha Hadid Architects’ recently released renders of its Mayan Riviera project Alai.

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