Images courtesy of Effekt

Art imitates nature in mountainous Slovakian housing estate

18 May 2017 | By Joe Quirke 0 Comments

Danish architect Effekt has designed a 120,000 sq m residential development in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava that resembles the nearby Carpathian mountains.

Juzna Dolina (West Valley) will be located at the southern edge of Petrzalka, the largest borough of the city, next to open farmland and the Donau river.

Effekt says the project’s design is “based on landscape qualities and a unique spatial setting resembling highland valleys and forests”.

The development consists of courtyard buildings, high-rise structures, row houses and apartment blocks. A stepped roofscape offers private terraces and slopes down to meet a central park that resembles
an alpine valley.

The building’s profile creates what Effekt calls a “contour of a mountain ridge with six peaks offering spectacular views”.

A shared central space contains a park and garden with recreational landscape features such as a lake, trees, grasslands with integrated sports facilities and play areas.

Images courtesy of Effekt