Radical preservation: Case studies of the method of adaptive reuse of buildings / Preservation by rebuilding

We cordially invite you to the Medium Gallery for the opening of the exhibition Radical preservation: Case studies of the method of adaptive reuse of buildings / Preservation by rebuilding on April 9, 2024.


  • MEDIUM gallery,

    • Hviezdoslavovo nám. 18, Bratislava


  • Opening: Tuesday April 9, 2024, 6 p.m.

  • Duration: 10.4.2024 - 2.6.2024



Featured authors:

  • RRRArchitecture, Muck Petzet Architekten (Ferdinand Knecht, Korbinian Luderböck), Meixner Schlüter Wendt (Florian Schlüter), Benjamín Bradňanský, Vít Halada, Natália Kvítková, bplus.xyz, schneideroelsen (Thomas Burlon), Till Zihlmann



Radical preservation is a method of adaptive reuse architectural strategy, which considers buildings as processes. Each built house is only one phase in the evolution of an architectural project. If we can identify the inherent qualities of a given building and the mechanisms of how it was designed, we can develop them, in order to create the next phase of evolution – the continued building. By intentional development of the identified qualities, we can protect the values of the building in its transformation. Protection by rebuilding.

The exhibition presents five case studies/ architectural projects that are interpreted as radical preservation – two historical (Starý zámok, Mezquita-Catedral) and three contemporary case studies (St. Agnes – Brandlhuber + Emde, Burlon / Riegler Riewe Architekten; Mäusebunker – bplus.xyz; Dornbuschkirche – Meixner Schlüter Wendt) that illustrate possible practices of the method of radical preservation.

Case studies are accompanied by supplementary material aiming to provide a more thorough description of radical preservation and the context of its origin (Benjamín Brádňanský, Vít Halada). It presents radical preservation as a method reacting to the climate crisis and the thesis of the Anthropocene (Till Zihlmann) and with its impacts on architectural practice (RRRArchitecture, Muck Petzet Architekten – Ferdinand Knecht, Korbinian Luderböck). To outline the current social position towards the late/ socialist modernism architecture (Natália Kvítková) and to define the position of the method in the historical context of heritage preservation discipline.

The exhibition is accompanied by a format of discussions/ lectures/ presentations of projects and themes related to radical preservation from the local context. Information about the accompanying programme will be provided soon.



  • This project was financially supported by Bratislava Self-Governing Region.
  • This project was financially supported by the Academy of Fine Arts and Design Bratislava.


Igor Machata Radical preservation 042024 - poster