Construction of Sky Park, one of the last projects of now deceased prominent world architect Zaha Hadid, officially started in Bratislava on May 19 when representatives of the city, the investor and the Zaha Hadid Architects studio ceremonially tapped the foundation stone. It is a river stone from the Danube area weighing 600 kilos.
“A dynamic new community near the city centre, Sky Park’s fluid architecture ensures generous living areas and communal spaces that flow into each other,” said Patrik Schumacher, principal of Zaha Hadid Architects, who personally attended the ceremony. “It will open a former industrial area to the public by creating a new park for the city – an important link between Bratislava’s contemporary culture, emerging nature and history.”
Schumacher took over the leadership of the Zaha Hadid Architects architectural studios after the death of Zaha Hadid in 2016. The studio won the international tender promulgated by the investor, the financial group Penta Investments, to develop the zone in the centre of Bratislava, at that time known as Čulenova, in 2010 and prepared a comprehensive architectural design of this project.
Sky park, with a price tag exceeding €300 million, will consist of three 31-storey residential towers 105 metres high with a total of about 780 apartments, 1,100 parking places and two office towers with 55,000 square metres of offices to be built during the second phase.
The first apartments should be delivered to their owners in late 2019.
The investor plans to launch construction works later in May. It began selling apartments in December with the price of apartments starting at €130,000. More than one half of the apartments have already been sold.
Part of the first phase will also be the reconstruction of the façade of a protected historical building – the turbine hall of a heating plant designed by Dušan Jurkovič, a prominent architect known as the founder of modern Slovak architecture.
Penta still does not know for what purposes it will use the turbine hall, but wants part of them to be public.
The Sky Park project will also include a new city park with an area of more than 20,000 square metres, which will be accessible to all inhabitants of Bratislava.
Disclaimer: Penta financial group has a 45-percent share in Petit Press, the co-owner of The Slovak Spectator.