Trnavské mýto is a vital transport junction and crossroad in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, in the Nové Mesto district. The area includes a square, home to the Trade Union House on the north side and a market hall on the south. The former congress centre of the communist regime has fallen into disrepair for decades so neither the building nor the adjacent public space did meet current quality and safety requirements.
The cultural venue New Istropolis is conceived as a seamless extension of the city, an open ‘living room’ for all Bratislava citizens, well connected to the neighbourhood. The transparent façade concept and the public plinth promote the dialogue between inside and outside with various cafés and bars on the ground floor and the balconies, inviting the passers-by to enter. At the same time, the events and cultural activities can spill out to the city. The foyer space welcomes the visitors with a multi-layered interior, animated by different platforms with multiple options of areas, like bars, lounges, and impromptu performance spots. The rich collection of art, materials, and craftsmanship of the former Istropolis will be preserved and will find a second lease of life in the new building.
New Istropolis takes part to Trnavske Myto, a new urban centrality for Bratislava. The location is very well connected with the city with the future intercity train station and the facility of metro station, bus and tram. We create a car free public area with new pedestrian connections in order to give a solution to the fragmentation of the surrounding neighborhoods.