London studio of Milieu Architects are pleased to announce that the practice has won a prestigious contract to deliver a masterplan for Pharos, a new super-scale business district with an estimated total investment of one billion euros. The business centre will be built by 2020 in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, nearby the national airport of Milan Rastislav Stefanik.
It’s expected that Pharos becomes Bratislava’s the most powerful business hub, as well as offering opportunities for entertainment and relaxation. The place will consist of governmental and private business offices, shopping centres, green market square, the Central Boulevard, a multi-purposed conference hall, hotels, and lots of open public spaces.
Peter Lunter, The Project Architect, compared Bratislava’s plans for new district to London’s Canary Wharf.
“The disadvantage of gargantuan developments such as Canary Wharf is that they were designed by an architectural ethos of mono-functionality. They were intended to serve one purpose. They’re brittle and horribly inflexible, unable to accommodate any change. With this in mind, we had to ask ourselves what happens in the future, in next five, 10 or even 50 years and how our buildings can interact.”
However, it is the perfection of transport infrastructure that lies in the heart of the Pharos’ project, says Mr Lunter.
“The project is closely tied to European Union’s plans for building The Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) that wants to eliminate missing links and remove bottlenecks in the existing road and rail European network, to boost an employment and competitiveness within EEA. As such, it will take two minutes from Pharos to get to Bratislava airport, five minutes to reach Bratislava’s city centre and less than half hour to arrive to Vienna.”
Milieu Architects believes that thanks to its excellent location, an advanced convenient transport links and a sustainable design, Pharos has a potential to become the most significant business district in Eastern Europe. The project is receiving support from local authorities, and it’s anticipated that the construction will officially begin in mid-2011.
Peter Lunter BSc BA (Hons) Arch Dipl Arch (ARB) Cpp.D (IPMA) is available for interview.
About Milieu Architects
Milieu (milieuarchitects.com) is a UK-based practice of creative architects, masterplanners and urban designers with offices in London and Bratislava that is defined by bold conceptual idea, a fresh approach in design of striking buildings, and economical and environmental responsibilities right in the heart of design process. Whilst continuing to develop its excellent reputation within luxury leisure markets, as part of the company’s dedication to the urban regeneration agenda, Milieu is also currently enjoying increased recognition within the mixed-use and retail sectors. A truly international operation, Milieu’s design team draws on skills from around the world with schemes being used across the UK, in Germany, Malaysia, Portugal, China, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lebanon, and Slovakia.
Further information from
Peter Lunter, The Project Architect
T: +44(0)20 7193 6125 / +44(0)78 6506 2487
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