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

09:30 - 30 January, 2016
How Slovakian Firm GutGut Transformed Cold War Housing into a Sleek Modern Structure, Courtesy of GutGut
Courtesy of GutGut

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.

International Urban Design Ideas Competition - Trenčín – City on the River

01:00 - 3 February, 2014
International Urban Design Ideas Competition - Trenčín – City on the River

Trenčín is currently facing changes connected with the relocation of the railway track directly within the city centre as part of the modernisation of the European railway corridor, with planned completion in 2016.

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