Art Campus of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava
Exhibition of Competition of the Proposals
Opening: Friday 22 February 2019 at 3:30pm
Exhibition duration: 23 February — 17 March 2019
Architectonics studios: MS architekti s.r.o., Ren Ito Arq., DI Andreas Marth / AllesWirdGut Architektur ZT GmbH, EHL & KOUMAR ARCHITEKTI s.r.o., SLLA s.r.o., PHA, s.r.o., Pedro Pitarch Alonso, zerozero, s.r.o., A B.K.P.Š., Ovo Grabczewscy architekci Oskar Grabczewski, Studio Perspektiv s.r.o., Ing.arch. Ján Mihalov, Architekti Šebo Lichý s.r.o., Růžička a partneři s.r.o., SPDe s.r.o., RULES, s.r.o., Ing.arch. Andrej Olah / GRAU, Ateliér URBAN, s.r.o., FISCHERS, a. s., CREATERRA s.r.o., Arch. Dipl.-Ing. Max Uteh, Ing. arch. Michal Bogár, ENDORFINE s.r.o., Ing.arch. Márius Žitňanský, Ing.arch. Vladimír Šimkovič, Kolčák architekti, s.r.o., RO_AR Szymon Rozwalka architects, FKF design, spol. s.r.o., AKJančina s.r.o., Ing.arch. Ilja Skoček, PLURAL s.r.o., CHYBIK+KRISTOF ASSOCIATED ARCHITECTS s.r.o.
The exhibition of competition proposals of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava Art Campus, 44 Drotárska cesta (accommodation - catering facility, technological pavilion, studio pavilion, lecture pavilion, aula and academic library, rector's and administration offices, leisure and parking zone).
By publishing the proposals and the results of the competition, AFAD wants to present the public with a whole range of architectural solutions and their level of fulfillment of the requirements and expectations, which should improve the quality of teaching processes and study comfort.
Proposals were considered in the competition of 30 architectural studios from Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Austria, Poland, Spain and Portugal., Czech Republic, Austria, Poland, Spain and Portugal. The jury appreciated 3 competition proposals and awarded 4 competition proposals.
1st prize was awarded to the SLLA studio - the winners of the competition are Michal Sulo a Miriam Lišková (SR)
Jury: univ. dipl. Ing. arch. Aljoša Dekleva, M.Arch. (Dist)AA (Slovinsko), Mag. arch. Ernst J. Fuchs (Rakúsko), doc. Mgr. Akad. arch. Roman Brychta (ČR), prof. Ing. Mgr. Akad. arch. Petr Hájek (ČR), prof. Akad. arch. Imrich Vaško (SR), doc. Akad. mal. Pavel Choma (SR), prof. Ing. Akad. soch. Štefan Klein (SR) a náhradník poroty: Ing. arch. Peter Jurkovič (SR)
AFAD New Campus on Drotárska cesta
Commentary of the Jury Chairman prof. Akad. arch. Imrich Vaško
The Academy of Fine Arts and Design, twenty-first century academic campus of the art school and the ground of the school on Drotárska cesta are three parameters moderating discussions of academic staff and students, elected functionaries and officials in charge, as well as architects of various professions, generations and opinions about the future appearance of the oldest art academy in Slovakia. A dynamic situation of the changing society in Slovakia in the post-information era is transforming public discussions and democracy of power into new modes. Several-year issue of the unrealized AFAD dormitory as well as radically changing requirements for quality academic education, responses to global issues, school tradition and competitiveness of local institutions to maintain education in Slovakian have prompted a repeated attempt of the AFAD board to act and to announce a competition to address these challenges. The architecture competition was one of the open dialogue platforms whose role was to select a winner to help AFAD come closer to the realization of its intention, and at the same time a group of people with diverse expertise had an opportunity to push fluid limits of definitions of the right and possible based on the elaborated proposals. Two-day discussion of the jury- artists, designers and an architect from the school environment with competition organizers, new generation of architects creating conditions for a high quality, transparent and well-informed environment for the profession and the public, with a group of architects representing the international Czech-Slovak and Central European architectural and academic thinking, with various bonds to AFAD may seem like a conflict of diverse interest and mental tendencies. The organizers and AFAD shall be appreciated for deciding to take a risk exposing their fragile plans to the opinion clash of a diverse cultural environment. Thirty proposal admitted by the jury created a platform for a broad argumentative spectrum of reviews of school ambitions, its competition, competition conditions and architectural thinking in general. The amount of input in all competition projects helped everyone who was present, think about strategies why, where and how to build up a new AFAD campus on Drotárska cesta, which shall be an opportunity for creating a current space for an upcoming generation of the new millennium.
Drotárska cesta is a ridge of the oldest residential area above Bratislava between the landmarks of the Castle and Slavín. It is also the unfinished pavilion “technostructure” of the Academy of Fine Arts by Dušan Kuzma and “XXL Cubus” of the Slovak National Archive by Valadimír Dedeček from the eighties as well as the address of the modernist art colony in the Scandinavian style and a block of flats representing the socialist industrialization of Slovakia. Urbanization of the green slopes over the last decades has turned Drotárka cesta into a loosen structure of villas and dwelling houses pushing each other for the best position in relation to the landscape, sun, and views of the scenery of the Little Carpatians, Danube Lowlands and the border triangle of Hungary, Austria and Slovakia. The history of the AFAD ground maps the transformation of “the hill” from the monumentality of the late-modernist concept by the architecture school founder through its fragmentation and superstructure to the problematic changes of the ground plan and is awaiting a resuscitation impulse of new activities.
The architecture competition proposals became a verification tool for comparing conditions of the competition, needs of school and an existing building with the character of the location and the territory. The presented potential of the competition proposals generated parameters for achieving these objectives for the first phase of construction. Creating a new entrance, social and public space with respect to the existing topography and scenery of the territory – these criteria formed a common platform for critical thinking and international discussion, which served as a catalyst of asymmetrical decisions. The winning project SLLA Architects (Miriam Lišková, Michal Sulo) and the second winning project (Krištof - Chybík) were the room for jury's maneuver in their independent reasoning about the character of the territory, potential of the place, identity of the program and the nature of the intervention. The most rational solution, most natural building up, and the most necessary changes did not overlap with an ideal therefore after an open international dialogue the jury took a risk to redefine the requirements. The collection of the proposals represents differentiated approaches of the contestants and no project stands out from the others. The winning project most approaches the effective reality, while the second winning project most approaches the jury's vision of how to understand the area and demythicize the existing ground plan. The first proposal can quickly realize the intention, the second one plays a role of a critical mirror to final and unchangeable decisions which do not suit today's rapid and turbulent times.
Hopefully, the fate of the frozen project by the legend of the Slovak architecture professor Dušan Kuzma will change and result in the continuation which will prove our ability to layer ideas and start up a new opportunity for the present generation that has the prerequisites to restart not only an academic life on the “hill” on Drotárska cesta and progressive art education, but also the new architecture of Slovakia. It also is very pleasant to give a chance to the project of an internationally experienced Slovak architectural team whose composition represents the changing gender nature of the profession in addition when at the head of the institution is historically the first woman in the history of art education of the Czechoslovak space – Bohunka Koklesová. It is symbolic to have an identical tandem of a change initiator Stanislav Stankoci and the upcoming project implementer with an experienced man and woman architect couple. Let's hope, the changing municipal climate of Bratislava and the well disposed architectural community will support the fragile result of the magnificent competition and give a chance to an ambitious project to win in always hard-won battles for new architecture.