Architecture is a tool to enhance our experiences and interactions. By connecting people, their surroundings and the city, architecture can redefine how people live and work. Sky Park has been designed in collaboration with some of the world’s most renowned architects, urbanists and designers. It will bring people together in a new, vibrant part of Bratislava. Sky Park will be a place to live, to work, to relax and to visit.
Penta Real Estate will create a new heart of the city by revitalizing a brownfield zone and an old part of town. This old part of town housed several important industrial hubs, including the Jurkovič Heating Plant, the ‘Apollo’ petroleum refinery, the ‘Cablo’ cable factory and the ‘Klingerka’ textile factory. Due to its importance, the area was bombed during the Second World War, and remained largely unused until Sky Park started construction. What was once the eastern border of the city will become a part of its larger city centre. The only building remaining from the past era, the Jurkovič Heating Plant, will become the area’s cultural epicentre, and a valuable counterpoint of the modern architecture to the surrounding building
The leading professionals working on Sky Park all share one thing: a modern urban vision that respects the existing structures, plans for the future and puts people first. Their designs are not just beautiful, but usable, and pleasant to use. From Jurkovič’s functionalist heating plant to Zaha Hadid’s naturalist futurism, these projects have a bold plan to challenge the existing with a new, connective vision
The first female holder of the Pritzker Architecture Prize is world-known for her modernist take on the traditional and old. She does this while fully respecting the identity of the existing structures, while turning them into a priceless piece of art. Some of her most famous projects include the Heydar Aliyev cultural centre in Baku, Galaxy Soho in Beijing, or the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London. Sky Park was one of the last projects she worked on before she passed away in 2016. She designed the residential towers, as well as the taller office building.
The international studio with decades of experience across Europe has also cooperated with Zaha Hadid's studio in the past, which is why their designs make the perfect fit. Their work is known for implementing behavioral analyses of the cities they build in, and the people they build for. Vietzke & Borstelmann designed the lower office building.
The consulting and research studio based in London designs projects and urban strategies that put people first, while also considering the future of the urban development. They bring together a team of urban designers, researchers and architects masterplanning, urban strategies and communication, in order to address social, environmental and economic issues. Marko & Placemakers have been involved in creating the public spaces within Sky Park.
Dušan Jurkovič is considered to be the founder of Slovakia’s modern architecture. As a true industrialist, he designed many memorable objects and buildings at home and abroad. His most famous work is the burial mound of Slovakia’s politician and military general, Milan Rastislav Štefánik. A national architectural prize awarded in Slovakia annually was named after him.
Martin Paško is the founder and leader of Design factory, which won the CE.ZA.AR 2007 Award of the Slovak Chamber of Architects. He has been active in saving industrial architecture for over 26 years, including projects such as the award winning reconstruction of Power plant Piestany. With his team, he worked on saving the "genius loci" of the Jurkovič Heating Plant while creating a sustainable concept for the new spaces inside.
The local architect and civil engineer of the project is GFI, a.s.