How Slovakian Firm GutGut Transformed Cold War Housing into a Sleek Modern Structure

09:30 - 30 January, 2016

The former Czechoslovakia is home to more Cold War-era prefabricated housing blocks, locally referred to as “panelaks,” than anywhere else in the former Soviet bloc. After the fall of communism, many called for the demolition of the panelaks, seen as unwanted reminders of a difficult history. In Bratislava alone, 130,000 people live in panelaks; destroying and replacing that much housing would have been prohibitively expensive, but Slovakian architecture firm GutGut had a different idea.

As this video shows, GutGut instead renovated and reconfigured a dilapidated tower block, updating the appearance, inserting communal spaces on the ground floor, providing a variety of apartment types, and adding balconies for many of the new apartments. The rehabilitated building removes the stigma of a previously undesirable building, and provides more varied housing options for residents. But more than just bringing the style of the building up to date, GutGut shows that even the most difficult outdated structures can be updated to meet modern needs.

Slnečnice - The Sunflowers 1st phase / Compass Atelier

09:00 - 23 January, 2016
© Pavel Meluš
© Pavel Meluš
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Architect in Charge

    Matej Grébert, Juraj Benetin, Miroslav Čatloš, Juraj Česelský, Peter Cibulka, Ján Droždiak, Miroslava Gašparová
  • Area

    49750.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Pavel Meluš, Katarina Bako

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Wooden Brick House / Jaro Krobot

11:00 - 14 January, 2016
© Martin Karšňák
© Martin Karšňák

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DomT House / Martin Boles Architect

09:00 - 6 January, 2016
© Erika Banyayova
© Erika Banyayova

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White Cubes House / at26 architecture & design

15:00 - 1 January, 2016
© Peter Čintalan
© Peter Čintalan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Prievoz, 821 05 Bratislava-Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Architect in Charge

    Peter Kukucka, Branislav Loskot, Jaroslav Takac, Juraj Benko
  • Site Area

    427m²
  • Area

    300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Peter Čintalan

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Kindergarten over the Vineyard / architekti.sk

05:00 - 12 August, 2015
© Tomáš Manina
© Tomáš Manina

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Loft in Bratislava / RULES architects

03:00 - 8 July, 2015
© Peter Cintalan
© Peter Cintalan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Architect in Charge

    Rudolf Lesnak, Tomas Huliman, Matej Kollar
  • Area

    95.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Peter Cintalan

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Heat Exchanger Važecká / Architektonické štúdio Atrium

03:00 - 24 March, 2015
© Lubo Stacho
© Lubo Stacho

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House Between The Trees / Šebo Lichý architects

03:00 - 4 March, 2015
© Tomáš Manina
© Tomáš Manina

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Prefab House In Rimavska Sobota / GutGut

21:00 - 28 February, 2015
© Jakub Skokan a Martin Tůma (BoysPlayNice)
© Jakub Skokan a Martin Tůma (BoysPlayNice)

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University Library / a02 Atelier

01:00 - 23 October, 2014
© Vladimir Yurkovic
© Vladimir Yurkovic

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Competition Entry: Atelier 8000 Designs Cuboidal Mountain Hut for Slovakia’s High Tatras

01:00 - 8 October, 2014
© Jan Cyrany, Courtesy of Atelier 8000
© Jan Cyrany, Courtesy of Atelier 8000

Atelier 8000 has design a sustainable mountain hut for Slovakia’s High Tatras as part of the Kežmarská Chata (Kežmarská Hut) international competition. Seated on one of its vertices, the simple cube “evokes an erratic block left behind by the retreating glacier,” while it’s “sharp edges” blend into the mountain backdrop.

© Jan Cyrany, Courtesy of Atelier 8000 © Jan Cyrany, Courtesy of Atelier 8000 © Jan Cyrany, Courtesy of Atelier 8000 © Jan Cyrany, Courtesy of Atelier 8000 +21

Loft in Bratislava / gutgut

01:00 - 1 October, 2014
© Peter Čintalan
© Peter Čintalan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Architect in Charge

    Lukáš Kordík, Štefan Polakovič, Samuel Zeman, Jana Benková
  • Area

    105.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Peter Čintalan

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Family house Dlhé Diely I / Plusminusarchitects

01:00 - 29 July, 2014
© Maroš Fečík
© Maroš Fečík

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Residential complex Nová Terasa / Vallo Sadovsky Architects

01:00 - 14 July, 2014
© Tomáš Manina
© Tomáš Manina
  • Architects

  • Location

    Košice, Slovakia
  • Project Team

    Matúš Vallo, Oliver Sadovský, Branislav Husárik, Peter Janeček, Dušan Chupáč, Mateja Vonkomerová
  • Area

    20105.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Tomáš Manina

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IST-Family House / JRKVC

01:00 - 12 June, 2014
© Peter Jurkovič
© Peter Jurkovič
  • Architects

  • Location

    851 10 Čunovo, Slovakia
  • Architects in Charge

    Peter Jurkovič, Lukáš Kordík, Števo Polakovič
  • Area

    85.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Peter Jurkovič

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Swedish Team Win Urban Design Competition in Trenčín

01:00 - 11 June, 2014
First Place. Image Courtesy of City of Trenčín
First Place. Image Courtesy of City of Trenčín

Swedish based Mandaworks + Hosper Sweden have recently won an international competition to find the "best comprehensive urbanistic proposals for connecting the city centre of Trenčín with both waterfronts of the River Váh." The winning scheme - Tracing Trenčín - "is not a proposal which is noticeably stunning" but is, according to Thomas Matta, deputy chair of the jury, "considerate to the existing structure of the historic core of the city."

House K2 / Pauliny Hovorka Architekti

00:00 - 18 February, 2014
© Branislav Hovorka
© Branislav Hovorka

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