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Extension of the EUROVEA waterfront project by its second stage will crea new fully equipped city quarter including generous public spaces. In order to create the urban environment of very high quality in EUROVEA2, the project developer, J&T REAL ESTATE and the project architects, GFI, decided to invite an architect with international reputation and experiences from the largest European metropoles to the team. The landscape architect, urbanist, designer and professor, Beth Galí from the Barcelona BB+GG Architects studio, is the author of several iconic squares, streets, promenades and parks in several metropoles of Europe.

The importance of a project such as Eurovea requires the creation of not only objects of high quality but also well designed public spaces with clear script and character. Therefore, upon agreement with the project developer, we decided to invite Beth Galí who is an expert with international reputation to cooperate and transfer her experience from European cities to Bratislava as well,” Radoslav Grečmal from the GFI studio explains the cooperation background.

Beth Galí is the author of public space solutions all around Europe. Her most significant projects include the city beach promenade in Barcelona, central spaces in Irish Cork and the waterfront promenade in Hafencity in the German Hamburg. At the same time, Beth Galí operates as a visiting professor at the Harvard University in the USA and at the European universities in Lausanne, Delft and Rotterdam.

Apart from designing the public spaces in EUROVEA2, Beth Galí’s work should also include the design manual for unifying the public space within the whole Pribinova Zone, while the project authors plan to involve the city in this project as well.

Eurovea is already considered as one of the nicest urban spaces in Bratislava and it provides public spaces of high quality – the waterfront promenade with park and the square, thanks to which people feel really good here. The second stage of the Eurovea project will extend this space and I’m glad it will acquire a completely new quality thanks to the international team,” Pavel Pelikán, J&T Executive Director said.

About Beth Galí and BB+GG Architects

The BB+GG Architects studio is lead by the architect Beth Galí, who has been known for her breakthrough architectural and design projects since the 1960’s. She is the holder of many academic titles home in Spain and around Europe. At the beginning of the 1990’s, she held the position of Deputy Director of the Urban Development Institute during the Olympic Games (IMPU’92). During this period, the identity of Barcelona was redefined, turning it into a global metropolis on the field of culture, arts and physical renewal.

Beth Galí’s professional experience range from furniture and industrial design up to public expositions and include significant architectural solutions and projects such as public streets, squares and parks in Spain (Barcelona, Zafra, Terrassa), Ireland (Dublin and Cork), the Netherlands and Germany (Hafencity in Hamburg). Since 1994, Beth Galí has worked as a professor at the Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB) in the field of landscape architecture and urbanism. At the same time, she operates as a visiting professor at the Harvard University in the USA and at the European universities in Lausanne, Delft and Rotterdam. She is the holder of several international awards for the projects in architecture, landscape architecture and industrial design.

 

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Eurovea has grown into a modern city quarter, the design of which from the outset was to extend and revive the Bratislava historic centre. Although the ribbon-cutting ceremony took place in 2010, the first plans had taken shape 10 years earlier. The key idea was to transform the Danube embankment – hence the project name combines Europe and vea (road).