Located on the former site on an old outdoor amphitheatre in Bratislava, Slovakia, the proposal for the housing and mixed use development, which won the first prize in the Parkhill competition, offers spectacular views and close proximity to one of the city’s oldest parks. Designed by Nice Architects, their challenge on the 52,000 m2 site was to create intensive residential development with public services located in the lower part of the site. The final composition of the buildings becomes a small reminiscence of the former amphitheatre. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Imagine former site of old outdoor amphitheatre virtually unsuitable for residential development. Terrain too steep for comfortable traffic, sloping northward preventing proper insulation. This site happened to be a stage of most recent urban design/ architectural competition in Slovak republic. One of the requirements was to preserve V-shaped Chestnut garden leaving the rest of the site for further development.
We distributed the proposed volume along the edges of the site. It helped to solve insulation problem and gave us opportunity to place underground garages along the edge of the site leaving heart of the zone for grandiose and green public space connected with adjacent Chestnut garden.
Residential houses were designed essentially as rowhouses with flexible floor plan and set of various facades. Inspiration for them can be traced to modern villas from the 30′s and 50′s present in the neighborhood. This idea helped to create architecture characterized human scale, local connection and variety of public spaces.
Architects: Nice Architects
Location: Budkova Cesta, Bratislava, Slovakia
Team: Tomáš Žáček, Soňa Pohlová, Igor Žáček + 2ka landscape architects
Project Phase: Open urban design/architectural competition – winner
Date: November 2012