Slovakia has changed in many ways since I moved to the US in 1998. The majority of old historical buildings have been revived and many new large and modern business complexes have been added to the skylines of cities across the entire country. I can still recognize the majority of the historical sites. however, the new modern Slovakia is new to me as well. I am especially impressed with the newest modern architecture in Bratislava. Here is a list of few new modern sites which did not exist when I lived there and which impressed me the most.
…a modern shopping and relaxing center on the bank of the Danube river, fantastic restaurants and cafes with terraces only a few meters from the Danube, perfect places to get away from it all during hot summer days or long winter evenings;
… luxury apartments, hotel and restaurant with lots of green and an exclusive spa offering the best views. The Grand Hotel River Park’s summer terrace guarantees a place to rest while watching the sun set and a chance to enjoy a drink.
…a multipurpose complex of seven buildings is located below Bratislava Castle and offers cafés and small shops in addition to overlooks of the Danube and Castile Hill.
…one of the latest projects in the city brings the architecture of world-famous designer Zaha Hadid to Bratislava in three exclusive residential buildings.
Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum
…offering a cruise along the Danube directly to the museum. The entire museum is surrounded by a park more than 8,000 square meters in area with permanent exhibitions of sculptures by Slovak and international artists.
…an unbeatably designed office complex located near the Aupark Shopping Center with a large amount of space devoted to relaxation, ideal for a quick lunch or meeting with colleagues. The complex’s pleasant environment is complemented by a number of nearby parks on the bank of the Danube river.
National Bank of Slovakia
…one of the most noticeable buildings in the city’s skyline is the National Bank of Slovakia headquarters, which was opened in 2002 and rises to a height of 111 meters. One of the building’s attractions is its 23 elevators, six of which are able to move at a speed of 3.15 meters per second. More than 1,000 people work inside the NBS building and there is a heliport located on the roof.
…an increasingly popular area near the Danube consisting of a planned 24-floor tower and three other office buildings. Illuminated rooms, triple-glazing windows and a charging station of electric cards are going to be standard features. Nearby Twin City is a number of local cafés and restaurants.
Apollo Business Center
…a modern administrative complex and one of the largest in the region. It offers shops, restaurants and other services in addition to offices. All of the offices feature state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly technologies and provide a splendid atmosphere thanks to the work-life balance concept behind them.
…two residential towers with 33 floors provide living in a total 605 units. Its modern design and 21st century architecture contributed toward Panorama City being named 2016 Building of the Year.