New cultural district for Bratislava
KCAP and CITYFÖRSTER create concert and congress venue
KCAP and CITYFÖRSTER have designed a new cultural district for the Trnavské mýto area in Bratislava, Slovakia, including a state-of-the-art concert and congress venue. The vision for New Istropolis was developed in collaboration with Immocap, the owner of the existing Istropolis cultural centre and adjacent land. Immocap committed itself to retaining the social function of the centre following its acquisition in 2017. Martin Šramko, CEO of Immocap, stated: "We have worked on the New Istropolis vision for two-and-a-half years, and we’re proud to present a project that will improve Bratislava residents’ quality of life in many ways. Our vision turns the dysfunctional zone in Trnavské mýto into a lively district full of culture, greenery and public spaces.”
The hall will be able to hold three different events simultaneously, with a maximum capacity of 3000 seats and 5000 combined seats for sitting and standing. The in-the-round configuration brings the audience close to the stage, creating a sense of intimacy and connection with the performers. Jeroen Dirckx, partner at KCAP, said: “We hope that New Istropolis will host memorable events for a broad audience, that it will become a much loved destination where people will meet and be inspired. It should become a cultural catalyst.”
Trnavské mýto is a key city location in terms of pedestrian movement, traffic, and potential contribution to urban development. The project aims to bring new life to this part of the city, with a park and promenade, fountains, and cycle paths. Public areas will be accessible to visitors throughout the day, while the square will support community activities such as seasonal markets. “The location is extremely well connected within the city, a true transport hub, and it is very sustainable to add this wide array of functions to such an accessible place,” said Martin Sobota, partner at CITYFÖRSTER.
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