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Modernism

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1932 – 1942

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Residential

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Vajnorská cesta 50 – 96
831 03 Bratislava
Slovakia

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Article last edited by maria on
May 26th, 2014

‘Nová doba’ Residential Complex Change this

Bratislava, Slovakia
by Fridrich Weinwurm, Ignác Vécsei Change this
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Realisation of the ‘New Era’ residential complex for the ‘Private Employees and Workers’ Building Society’ was accompanied by hopes of relieving the housing crisis of the era.

Its innovation did not only apply to the idea of low-cost social housing, but equally to the application of progressive structural and insulation technologies. In the first block, the steel skeleton (though the second two shifted to ferroconcrete) was the first instance of such a structure in such a large building in all of Slovakia. The complex is formed from three identical four-storey blocks, each with a capacity of 162 flats. The five different typologies are of quite modest floor areas – 34.5; 39.5; 49.2 and 56.7 m2. Nonetheless, their standards were relatively high for the time: all with central heating and hot water, with all rooms receiving direct daylight.

In terms of the composition, it has the character of an assemblage of bare white rectangles, articulated only by the regular windows. This exterior appearance is particularly striking through the intentional austerity of Weinwurm’s sense of modern architecture as a reflection of the rational spirit of the age.

Sources

  • Slovenský stavite? 4, 1934, p. 81 – 87.
  • Fridrich Weinwurm – architekt Novej doby. Katalóg výstavy. Ed. Š. Šlachta. Bratislava, SAS 1993.
  • Obytné domy stavebného družstva Nová Doba. Bratislava, 1933.
  • Szolgayová, E.: Obytný súbor Nová doba. Architektúra & Urbanizmus 29, 1995, 1 – 2, p. 116 – 119.
  • Register - of Modern Architecture in Slovakia
  • Dulla, M. – Morav?íková, H.: Architektúra Slovenska v 20. storo?í. Bratislava, Slovart 2002, 512 p., p. 94, 95, 96, 107, 131, 263, 371.
  • Nová doba. Druhá etapa, Bratislava 1936.

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