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Petržalka Waiting for a bus in the largest prefabricated housing estate in Central Europe

Petržalka

Viedenská cesta 2384/24, 851 01 Petržalka, Slovakia

  • CONSTRUCTION YEAR: 1973


  • SPACE TYPE: Other

  • PRESERVATION STATUS: Under-used

Tags: residential, Slovakia, Totally Lost 2015

Petržalka is the largest prefabricated housing estate in Central Europe, and one of the most ambitious projects of the former Communist regime. Situated on the right bank of the Danube, was to be a counterweight to the historic core of Bratislava, a fully valid urban district.

However, the generous intentions were only realised in part, lacking the main communications axis with public facilities. Thus the estate has remained until today primarily mono-functional, excessively dependent on the city centre. Its characteristic feature is a complex, open structure of widely spreading blocks of row houses and streets outlined by high “barrier-like” apartment slabs, supplemented by freestanding tower blocks. Located in the area of Petržalka are several recreational areas and sports areas serving the entire city. The majority of the open spaces of the estate are landscaped as park-like greenery and children’s playgrounds.

Most notable in the area of Petržalka are the sections of unutilised land, among them areas closed for construction in the vicinity of the originally planned communication axis.

Source: ATRIUM

During the Second World War The a Nazi labor camp was established in in Petržalka, read more about it on Engerau.info


Il quartiere residenziale di Bratislava- Petržalka, il più popoloso della capitale slovacca, fu avviato esattamente 40 anni fa, il 2 aprile 1973.

La costruzione fu resa necessaria dalla volontà di creare spazi abitativi in grande quantità (Panelák) a costi abbordabili per ospitare le sempre maggiori masse di persone che dalle campagne si spostavano verso la città, allora non ancora capitale. Il risultato rimase sotto le aspettative, e alla fine degli anni ’70 fu decisa la rapida costruzione di blocchi di appartamenti per risparmiare denaro, e le infrastrutture sociali e di trasporto sono rimaste fino ad oggi incompiute.

L’intero quartiere viene definito dai locali: “Ghetto”.

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EXPLORATION DATE: 07/2014
CONTRIBUTOR: Luca Arena