Bratislava has a rich industrial past, though only a few tangible remnants of these times have been preserved. Most of them were pulled down to make space for new development. The former spinning mill and the nearby engine house of the former Bratislava Thread Factory are the scarce exemplars that have survived.
- Its name is derived from its original function and the year when its project was designed, i.e. 1900
- The development of the complex was completed in 1920
- Production in Pradiareň ceased in the 1990s
- It was declared a national cultural landmark in 2007
- YIT bought the former premises of Cvernovka in 2015
- The restoration of Pradiareň was officially launched in October 2018
- The work should be completed in the third quarter of 2020
- The total rental area will be 14,870 m2, out of which 11,760 m2 will be offices
- The reconstruction costs of Pradiareň and the engine hall are projected at €20 million
At the moment, they are being transformed into unusual office premises, with high ceilings, large windows, subtle cast iron columns and a ceiling of concrete vaults. The offices should open to tenants in the second half of 2020.
The Slovak-Finnish developer YIT Slovakia launched a two-year restoration and conversion of the spinning mill and the engine house in mid October. They will be part of the new mixed area of Zwirn, which the developer is just building on the site of the former thread factory.
“In YIT Slovakia, we have approached the historical building of Pradiareň with great respect,” said Milan Murcko, general director of YIT Slovakia, earlier this year.
They organised two architectural tenders. The one aimed at the general conversion of the former Cvernovka complex was won by the Compass Architekti studio, the smaller tender for the restoration of the spinning mill known as Pradiareň won by architects from the Bouda Masár studio, one with many years of experience regarding the restoration of historical buildings, including Bratislava Castle.
“Pradiareň underwent several reconstructions and gradually lost its character, especially during the various reconstructions in the 1960s,” said architect Ivan Masár of the Bouda Masar studio during the official launch of the works. “These were gradually removed in the first phase after receiving a demolition permit, so Pradiareň has again gained the space belonging to it.”
Multifunctional area of Zwirn
- The area will consist of three residential buildings with yards, Pradiareň 1900, the engine hall and squares
- It will offer more than 800 apartments and 466 parking spaces in the underground garage in three stages
- Its name is based on the original name of the thread factory - Pressburger Zwirnfabrik
- The construction should be completed in 2023
- Costs are estimated at €200 million
Built to resemble palace architecture
From 1900, the Pradiareň building was constructed in several phases according to the project of the D. V. Junk and K. K. Baurath studio in Vienna.
The first stage involved the construction of about half the building as well as the engine hall so that the production of threads could start. The second stage followed in 1905, during which the second half of Pradiareň was completed. Later the building was extended by one storey and lift towers were added. The natural development of the complex was completed in 1920.
“At that time, industrial and residential architecture was built to resemble palace architecture,” said Masár. “So, if there had been no smoking chimneys, one would not have said at first glance that it was a factory.”
Under the supervision of preservation experts
Architects regard the construction of the cast iron pillars, on which rest steel beams and concrete vaults, to be the most valuable part of Pradiareň. They consider it a proof of the high engineering and artistic knowledge of the then creators.
29. Nov 2018 at 11:10 | Jana Liptáková