Regional hierarchical level (NUTS III) Bratislavský region
District level (LAU1) Bratislava I
Municipality (LAU2) Bratislava      
Connection to traffic network Highway D1, Highway D2, Highway M15 to Hungary, Highway D4

Main factors of successful redevelopment process

  • General localization – located in Bratislava (capital of Slovak Republic)
  • Specific localization – in proximity to the city centre
  • Transport links – Good connection to the highway system (Highway D1, Highway D2, Highway M15 to Hungary, Highway D4)
  • Attractiveness of the site and objects (historical, architectural, esthetic value and image of a site) - Rescue of old historical industrial building

Brief description of site and current use

This site is situated on Bottova street, which was in 19th and 20th century the most industrial zone in Bratislava. In 1894 there was the Kablo and later there was Apollo refinery which was in 1944 bombed. The remaining industrial building was used for needs of building industries in the period of the centrally planned economy (1948-1989). 

The design factory is the one of the examples of successful revitalization which keeps history of this place. There are three main architects responsible for this reconstruction: Martin Paško, Zuzana Zacharová and Zoran Michalčák.

Area of design factory is often used for expositions and presentation of contemporary architecture and design from the whole world. There are also educational seminars, workshops and lectures meant for fans of design and architecture but also for experts.

Original use – basic description

Original use Old factory hall (Apollo, Kablo) located on Bottova street
Area 0,1 ha
Type of site Industrial

Current state – basic description

Current use Museum/Art gallery
% of built-up area About 80%
State of environment Decontamination was not necessary
New use from 2005
Total costs 1 200 000 EU
Owner of site Bratislava

Contact to stakeholders

Owner of site Bratislava I City
Martin Paško, CEO
Zuzana Zacharová, commercial manager
Local Public administration Mayor of Bratislava
RNDr. Milan Ftáčnik, CSc.
Investors participating at redevelopment Not participated
NGOs Not participated