Dutch and German architecture firms KCAP and Cityförster have designed a new cultural district for Bratislava, Slovakia in conjunction with client Immocap, which owns the land.
The project is called New Istropolis – Istropolis being the Greek translation of Bratislava – and will be located around Trnavské mÃ½to in the north of the city.
An event hall, able to host three different events simultaneously, will be built to accommodate both concerts and congress. It will have a capacity of 3000 seats, or 5000 with an audience seated and standing.
Described as a unique "in-the-round seating configuration" by KCAP, the hall’s design will bring the audience close to the performers on stage.
The area will also contain a park with a promenade, fountains and cycle paths.
A public square will host community events such as seasonal markets.
Martin Sobota, Cityförster partner, said: "We are also proud to contribute to a future-proof, more livable Bratislava. Not only on the level of the project – where pedestrians, cyclists and green spaces take pride of place – but also on a larger scale.
"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."
Jeroen Dirckx, KCAP partner, said: "We hope that New Istropolis will host memorable events for a broad audience, that it will become a much loved destination where people meet and that inspires. It should become a cultural catalyst."
Martin Å ramko, Immocap’s chief executive, said: "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 mÃ½to into a lively district full of culture, greenery and public spaces."
Images courtesy of Cityförster and KCAP