Bratislava Culenova New City Center Proposal / Zaha Hadid Architects

  • 27 Feb 2013
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The design for the Bratislava Culenova New City Center by Zaha Hadid Architects is based on a dynamic field strategy which aims to organize the city’s new city center program along a gradient of circular and elliptical patterns. In a series of larger tower extrusions, a fluid field emerges from its underlying matrix to activate the ground throughout the whole site and provide public spaces of the highest quality. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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The underground car parking is covered by a one storey high modulated platform which is perforated at the strategic points for day-lit spaces that accommodate retailing, landscaped parks, and various points of interest such as the cultural center, museum shop, conference space, and event halls.

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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 below, and access to office and residential towers above. At other strategic zones, the platform levels merge with the surrounding city level to link the new urban parks and plazas with the surrounding city fabric.

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The scheme creates density via efficient high rise structures while providing and generous and highly activate ground level differentiated within a three-dimensional field condition.

Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
Location: Bratislava,
Design: Zaha Hadid, with Peter Schumacher
Project Architects: Thomas Vietzke and Jens Borstelmann
Design Team: Tom Wuenschmann, Torsten Broeder, Martin Krcha, Suryansh Chandra, Phillip Ostermeier, Goswin Rothental, Stefan Rinnebach, Michal Treder
Client: Penta Investments Limited
Gross Floor Area: 150,000 sqm2
Project Year: 2010-2013

Cite: Furuto, Alison. "Bratislava Culenova New City Center Proposal / Zaha Hadid Architects" 27 Feb 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>
  • Conscience

    Some of the worst floor plans I’ve seen in a while. I’m not sure whether Zaha Hadid Architects have worked on medium/large scale residential developments before, but this project indicates they are driven by brand image and not by the enrichment of its prospective inhabitants.

    • chop suey

      Do you know a lot about floor plans in Slovakia? They vary quite a lot from country to country & the ones in the project look like some typical central European ones to me.

      • ilya bourim

        for one thing they are too deep. what kind of sunlight are going to get at 15m away from the facade?

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  • FE2 Hahn

    Tampon by Hadid

  • Quentin

    …very bad project…

  • Quentin

    very poor design.

  • ilya bourim

    Exterior looks like some kind of household appliance. LIke an air conditioning unit or a back of a television. Zaha needs to put her designer hat on. Please. Do it for our children.