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Tsunami on Danube. Close prospects of development of the center of Bratislava

of the Tsunami on Danube. Close prospects of development of the center of Bratislava

We publish material about design of large town-planning educations in the Slovak capital of Bratislava. Scope of the begun construction speaks about inclusion of the city which endured post-socialist crisis in number of actively developing European capitals. The correspondent of AV in Bratislava Elena Klyuchkina represents four complexes which queued on the bank of Danube on realization. View of the Hail and Podgradiye. A photo R. Yakhjyaev How universal architectural tendencies change the original image of the ancient European city? How old town-planning installations are steady? To understand it, a peculiar turn - the exhibition is followed by comments of participants and observers of town-planning process. Among them - the author of one of projects Eric Van Egeraat, the former chief architect of Bratislava Peter Benueschka (the author of the competitive project of a complex on the right coast), the Chairman of the Union of architects of Slovakia the architect - the urbanist, professor Stefan Schljachta and a hereditary bratislavchanka, in the past the civil engineer Catharina Staykova. Edition expresses the gratitude also to other residents of Bratislava and the organizations which gave help in material preparation. This is the architect Marta Kropilakova, the journalist and the director Olga Kmetyova - Staykova, PR - the manager of J &T Finance group, a. s. Marash Sykora, manager of Interel spol. s. r. o. Adrian Shvartsov, R. Yakhjyaev, I. Shkolnikova from the Moscow office of EEA and others.

The stream of the investments which rushed in the center of Bratislava was already compared to a tsunami. Rough reaction to such radical intervention in heart of this small European capital lying in the geometrical center of Europe is natural. Statements of the famous developers, famous architects, indignation of patriots of the city - enemies glass boxes - and rough delights of their opponents in an anticipation of wonderful changes - all this rushed a whirlwind of opinions in the press, the Internet, in debating clubs and just on the street quite recently. And it is clear - building will affect both coast of Danube, will change key panoramic images, in fact - the person of the city. The motto of a grandiose action called transformation the cities at the river to the city on the river . In September, 2005 the press reported about acceptance city vlastyami1 the relevant decisions, and almost at the same time developer companies declared spring of 2006 year of the beginning of construction two the largest of the planned objects (RIVER PARK and EUROVEA).

The beginning of construction of the large coastal RIVER PARK complex - spring of 2006. The author of the project Eric van Egeraat entered large dabs this object in an embankment panorama. Many disputes cause placement of a complex in the territory of a recreation park though the site of the future of RIVER PARKa is almost free now. Interests of the builder extend to all PKO - there are plans to modernize the existing buildings, to revive park. The requirement of the city authorities - the maximum care at inclusion of a complex in the developed city silhouette: the spurs of the Carpathians, rich panoramas of the old city running to the river and a strong dominant - a Bratislava Hail. Creating new socially significant object, the author undertook the original course: in order to avoid the possible conflict of skyscrapers with the Hail put forward one of volumes over the Danube waters, it is effective having laid complex dominant. Building represents set of objects plastically superfluous and simple - most glazed that, according to the author, has to help to avoid feeling of massiveness, a heap, to leave the place to air. Reconstruction and expansion of the embankment of a walking esplanade is provided. In RIVER PARKe on the area of 43 000 sq.m will take place five-stars hotel of Kempinski on 200 numbers, 340 apartments of the class luxury 28 000 sq.m of high quality offices, cafe, restaurants, shops, fitnestsentr, bank and other services for inhabitants and visitors. Offices are turned towards the noisy highway, housing - to the river. Under the earth parkings and boxes for loading of the enterprises of service are hidden.

To the east from RIVER PARKa, is closer to the center in more remote prospect it is planned to realize not less important " project; Zuckermandel ( Almonds in " sugar;) - according to the ancient name of this place which is Podgradiya`s part - territories already samy most on importance in an organism of the coastal zone located between the Hail and the embankment. Historical building on this tidbit of the city center with the confectionery name, however, as well as on other parts of Podgradiya, was managed to be demolished in socialist times, clearing the place for projects which did not manage to embody completely. The certificate of that time simply - angular decisions - three panel towers with almost hrushchobny interiors, intruded in a city panorama.

Opinions of experts and the public diametrically dispersed when there was a question of development of almost abandoned territory under the Hail. Society of citizens` initiative fights to the bitter end on a position of a reconstruction of the destroyed historical environment. According to adherents of this point of view, the quote from the past would give the chance to the Old city it is frictionless to leave to Danube. By the way, this unique place in Bratislava for it break . And it is pleasant to an amateurish eye, and to tourists is what to show. Not for nothing say that each city of the size of its old center. The developer considers that it is the nonsense which is not subject to realization as in the past there lived the poorest part of citizens and construction to that here corresponded. The mayor Mr. Dyurkovsky agrees with it. In the town-planning concept of building (uzemny plan) which was submitted for discussion of the public in October, 2005 requirements of bodies of protection of monuments and - to a certain extent - opinion of the public are considered. Here the construction of high quality housing with infrastructure given to a framework of regulations on protection of monuments is provided. Eric van Egeraat has for Podgradiya`s building the architecturally - art idea which logically continues RIVER PARKa begun in architecture.

Below on a current from the center construction of the international shopping center EUROVEA on the place being " will begin; proma . Project of Respekt group (Slovakia), Bose International and landscape architect of Michel Desvigne. The Ballymore Properties company has an extensive experience on transformation of the abandoned territories ( brownfields ) generally coastal, in multipurpose top objects. Among them - complexes on the place of old London docks of London Docklands and Cannary Wharf. The center was already called the most ambitious and perspective investment project in Slovakia.

Developers of the project considered the scale of an urban environment, proceeding from tradition of quarter building. Two rather compact quarters which are urged to frame the new Main city square leaving to Danube and unique for Bratislava the sizes will be organized. The historical building of management of port in modernist style of the Slovak architect Garmink will be kept. The wide promenade with extensive park will become continuation of the area in both parties. The planned placement here of floating moorings has to turn the embankment into city gate for the tourists arriving on water. From the opposite side of the quarter - the boulevard of capital scale. Budushchaya Square from the city party is closed by the well-known Bratislava unfinished construction - the huge building of the Slovak folk theater - huge ship from socialism era. Its drudgeries approach safe end, say about fast moving of theater which rooms are scattered on all city now. Objects of EUROVEA: trade gallery - a multilevel passage, 150 shops, 30 restaurants, 110 000 sq.m of offices, five-stars hotel on 200 numbers, a casino, movie theaters, and also housing of the class luxury overlooking Danube. All objects, including extensive parkings will be placed on the area of 230 000 sq.m. Directly from EUROVEA, through the new bridge Apolo 2 it will be possible to get to the planned city center on right, Petrzhalsky, I protect. In a competition of 2004. on the concept of the Petrzhalsky center first place was won by the Slovak workshop Markrop with the assistance of Ivan Kochan, the second place - architects Peter Benueschka and Peter Topinka, on the third there was a collective from Prague. The project - the winner became a basis for the master plan of a zone which is already developed on the instructions of the city (the territory meanwhile is city property) collective under the leadership of the academician arkh. I. Marko and inzh. arkh. M. Kropilakova. All main plans of the competitive project are kept and developed though also predictions of sceptics - the objects which were placed over a water smooth surface already not so bravely " somewhat came true; soar over waves. Highlight zones - restoration of environment, traditional for the right coast: there were always Danube sleeves and green islands. Authors recreate a river sleeve, having a little changed its location, and two new islands. This channel, according to forecasts of hydrologists, will help to reduce the water pressure upon the opposite coast during the flood period. The created urbanistic structure will become a link for the parts of the city located on opposite coast. At the same time visual connections with the existing and perspective building - mainly with the Hail and the EUROVEA center on the left side are considered; the characteristic image of the right coast - alternation of natural massifs with building blocks is kept (unlike the opposite side where in the 18th century the quarter building, traditional for embankments of Europe, continued in the EUROVEA and RIVER PARK projects was created). Reserve zones for routes of the subway and the tram, corridors for laying of engineering networks are put. The main cross axis of a zone coincides with the line of future subway. It begins the international hotel on the new island, proceeds the area with station of the subway, then passes highway wide pedestrian bridge. An axis three 24 - floor inhabited support towers. Low objects develop perpendicular to the Danube Current, using appeal of new islands and creating a zone of contact of the person with the river. The line of building from the highway is formed 10 - floor office buildings. Now the project is discussed by experts and the public.