ASTON hotel reconstruction

I. IDENTIFICATION
  • Investor (key institution): Aston Esquire,s.r.o., contractor JOPA Bratislava
  • Contact person: Authors of the project– Kulin Cakov, Emil Makara
  • Year of implementation: 2004-2006
  • Implementation venue

  • Country: Slovakia
  • Region: Bratislava
  • Town: Bratislava
  • Size of area: 6000 m2
  • Impact: regional

    Total costs: EUR

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    II. TYPOLOGY
    1. Improved provision of local cultural and social events.
    2. Improved condition & quality of the public space between the blocks of flats.
    3. Improved support for the development of small business operators in the area of blocks of flats.
    4. Improved attractiveness of the architecture of the socialist buildings.
    5. Improved involvement of the local community in events organized in its quarter.
    III. DESCRIPTION
    1. What forms of cooperation were used as new approaches in the field of rehabilitation and conversion of urban functional areas?
    2. The hotel was built back in 1950s, when it served as a dormitory. The reconstruction of the building retains the original substance without a significant volume interference. Architectural design of the hotel lies in the new concept of the front face. Interior design of the hotel with its uniform character accompanies the visitors throughout their stay and complements the exterior shape of the object as well. Rooms are spacious and air-conditioned. There are also modern conference rooms with latest equipment.

    3. Was the building or the space between buildings) identified as a valuable socialist heritage?
    4. Reconstruction of the ASTON identifies with acquired positive socialist heritage. The building served as a dormitory, after the reconstruction it serves as a hotel, providing high quality services.

    5. What criteria were applied to make this judgment?
    6. There was a criterion of innovativeness appliend, because the old building, got reconstructed – innovated. The reconstructed building now provides more quality services based on the principle of innovation.

    7. Was the building or space between buildings) important to local communities and how were they involved in decision-making process about its rehabilitation or conversion?
    8. The building of the ASTON hotel is located in the capital city of Slovakia. The reconstruction of the building and the above-standard services are beneficial not only for local community, but also for Slovak and foreign visitors to the city.

    9. Were attempts made to improve territorial cohesion within the city/town/district? And, if so, how was success on this front gauged?
    10. The hotel is located halfway between Bratislava Airport and the center of Bratislava. Old Town is easily accessible by tram or by car. Near the hotel, there are shopping centers, public swimming pool Pasienky and National Tennis Centre. Thanks to its location, the hotel ASTON is an integral part of the capital city.

    11. Were there attempts to reduced disparities between districts within cities/towns achieved reduced? And, if so, how was success on this front gauged?
    12. (Hotel ASTON is a part of urban area, that is architecturally stylish, area that is still being worked on and its stature is equivalent to other urban areas.

    13. Other important facts and comments, e.g. critical review.
    14. In 2006, Slovak Chamber of Architects, professional jury in CE.ZA.AR. competition, awarded the annual CE.ZA.AR award to the Aston Hotel in category Reconstruction and renovation of the buildings.

    IV. SUPPLEMENT

    There are more than 6 000 people living in Dědina block of flats. The whole revitalization 3 -phases -process took 4 years and the total cost of the project was 11 200 000 EUR. It is one of the first completely reconstructed block of flats as far as the public spaces in Prague are concerned.

    Web site: www.hotelaston.sk/