London-based Ash Sakula Architects has unveiled its designs for a 61-home scheme on a former factory site in a Slovakian village
Working for developer Imagine, the practice has designed houses and apartments for the village of Bernolákovo, near Bratislava.
The site lies in the grounds of the Kastiel Bernolákovo, a grand baroque manor house designed in the 1720s by the renowned Austrian architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach.
Ash Sakula’s scheme retains two sheds from a 20th-century industrial estate next to the Kastiel’s main gate, converting them into apartments. Old machinery and hoists are incorporated into the design of lobbies and staircases.
An inclined central square slopes down to a café and contains one of two four-storey tower houses.
Elsewhere on the site, houses form terraces and small urban squares.
The scheme includes a publicly accessible roof terrace with views of the Kastiel, the valley of the Danube and Bratislava.
Founding partner Robert Sakula said: ‘This is an exciting project for us, on a site which is a mix of 18th-century imperial bravura and communist-era industrial estate. We are enjoying finding meaningful contemporary responses to this tangled historical context.’
Construction is expected to start later this year.
Ash Sakula Slovakian homes view of the site entrance with the Kastiel behind