Reconstruction of Ondrej Nepela Ice Stadium

  • Investor (key institution): Bratislava
  • Contact person: (Municipal organization General Investor of Bratislava (GIB)
  • Year of implementation: 2011
  • Implementation venue

  • Country: Slovakia
  • Region: Bratislava
  • Town: Bratislava
  • Size of area: 9000 m2
  • Impact: regional

    Total costs: EUR

    Source per every institution

    • national: 40 500 000 EUR EUR
    • regional: 22 500 000 EUR EUR
    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.
    1. What forms of cooperation were used as new approaches in the field of rehabilitation and conversion of urban functional areas?
    2. In the socialism building period, there was a sprinkled ice surface serving the sport purposes. In 1958 the ice stadium was roofed. A significat reconstruction was made in 1990 – 1992,when Bratislava was hosting the ice hockey World Champpionship. The city of Bratislava began with a complete reconstruction of the stadium for the Ice Hockey World Championship on 23rd of April 2009. The renovated ice stadium has now a capacity of 10,000 spectators. In addition to the ice rink, it also has two training halls and underground parking. Replacement of roof and of the entire technology was also a part of the reconstruction.

    3. Was the building or the space between buildings) identified as a valuable socialist heritage?
    4. The Ondrej Nepela ice Stadium was bulit in the socialism building times with a clear aim of promoting sp The stadium was renovated, with the aim to continue in the tradition of ice hockey stadium and promote sport and sporting events in modern condition reflecting the fashionable, technical and architectural trends of the 21st century.

    5. What criteria were applied to make this judgment?
    6. The criterion of innovativeness was applied. This criterion was applied not only from the external point of view – reconstruction of the original ice stadium, but also in terms of the supply and the quality towards the active athletes, spectators, communities that are spending here their free time doing the sports and all the citizens of Slovakia, for which the Ondrej Nepela Ice Stadium is a symbol of national pride. From this point of view, there were the principles of portability and sutainable development applied in this project.

    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. Implementation of this project was important not only for local community, but also for people from all over the country.

    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 Ondrej Nepela Ice Stadium is an integral part of urban area New Town of Bratislava. Architectural execution of the building complements the modern atmosphere of the capital.

    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. Urban area Bratislava – New Town has now architecturally modern design in accordance with architectural intentions of the capital, which seek the continuity of urban areas and the architecturally balanced transition between the different parts of the city among which there were no big differences.

    13. Other important facts and comments, e.g. critical review.
    14. In 2011, Slovak Chamber of Architects, professional jury in CE.ZA.AR. competition, awarded the annual CE.ZA.AR award to the reconstruction of the Ondrej Nepela Ice Stadium in category Reconstruction and renovation of the buildings


    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.

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