New Istropolis project in Bratislava raises mixed opinions

Architecture historians call for preservation of old Istropolis.

IstropolisIstropolis (Source: Sme)

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-Visualisations of the new development and how this venue looks today

-What architecture historian think about the Nový Istropolis project

-Plans to build the National Cultural and Congress Centre in Bratislava

For some people, Istropolis in Bratislava, the former House of the Trade Unions originally designed to host the congresses of the Communist Party, is an unusable symbol of the previous totalitarian regime. For others it is quality architecture, even though neglected.

Its owner, the developer Immocap, wants to raze it and build a new venue encompassing a culture and congress centre, shops, offices and flats. After 2.5-years of preparations, on July 17 the developer unveiled plans for one of the most anticipated developments in Bratislava.

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“Our intention is to turn the now dead and dysfunctional zone at Trnavské Mýto into a vital district full of culture, greenery and public spaces,” said Martin Šramko, CEO of the development company Immocap, when presenting their vision of the new cultural and social centre Nový Istropolis on July 16.

Immocap is behind the reconstruction of the Trnavské Mýto underpass and construction of the Central shopping centre with adjacent hotel and office tower.

The plan to raze Istropolis has raised criticism by architecture historians, calling for keeping it and holding an open discussion on its future with experts and the general public.

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