Železná Studnička to get a facelift

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(Source: Courtesy of MIB)

One of the most popular natural attractions in the capital is going to get a facelift. Železná Studnička, which already attracts visitors with its scenery, will soon have a new promenade too.

The park's new look was chosen through a competition which was won by the architect studio, What Architects. The renovation should keep the natural character of the area and make the whole environment more attractive, the Index daily reported.

The competition was launched at the end of last year by the City of Bratislava, the Metropolitan Institute of Bratislava (MIB) and the General Investor of Bratislava (GIB).

Boating, fishing, observing plants and animals

Its aim was to generate proposals for the extended promenade on Železná Studnička from the former Ferdinand Bath (crossroad Kačín) around two ponds through Drieňovské Lúky to the end at nearby Snežienka.

The length of the path is 1.4 kilometres and the overall space, not including the water areas, is 31,000 square metres.

The aim is to make Železná Studnička more accessible to people while protecting precious areas.

Three teams made it to the final round. The solution of What Architects in cooperation with studios 3:0 Landschaft Architektur + Prokos was chosen as the most appropriate.

Jetties alongside both lakes and footbridges, which will give visitors the opportunity to observe plants and animals in the wetlands, will be new attractions. Visitors may also take advantage of the opportunities for boating and fishing. There should be space for leisure time with the whole family.

Hand in hand with nature

Barrier-free access to the surface of ponds is the priority of this project. The organisers also appreciated the fact that the winning solution works with the existing nature in a very non-intrusive way.

“In particular, it addresses the modification of the existing vegetation, and its creative maintenance, which through simple interventions such as branching trees and creating breaks in dense vegetation to "reveal" the attractions of the site, the possibilities for observing the landscape can be extended,” the organisers noted, as quoted by Index.

The plan also includes the careful planting of new woods at Drieňovské Lúky. A road or cycle path may also pass through the renovation.

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