“WE WILL BUILD A SUSTAINABLE AND HIGH-TECH ESET CAMPUS TO BECOME A HUB OF TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION THAT CAN SECURE ESET’S PROSPERITY OVER GENERATIONS AND SUPPORT SLOVAKIA’S SHIFT TO KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY BY ATTRACTING, RETAINING AND DEVELOPING TALENTED PEOPLE IN ITS INSPIRING ECOSYSTEM THAT REPRESENTS ESET‘S VALUES.”
ESET plans to create an ESET Campus on the site of the former Military Hospital - a lively place that will turn this part of Bratislava into an epicenter of innovation and creativity. In addition to ESET’s new headquarters and global research center, the campus will create a quality and stimulating environment for IT and technology companies and startups, connecting them with technically oriented universities.
In addition to a quality background for innovation and research, the campus will provide a wide range of other useful services and facilities, quality public spaces and, in part, residential premises. Other important parts of the campus will include sports facilities and an auditorium.
Seeking to support the use of public transport and provide maximum comfort for pedestrians as much as possible, the ESET CAMPUS will be built on the principles of functionality, sustainability and ecology. . Designed to blend with the popular forest park area of Železná Studnička, the project will allow the general public to take advantage of a number of shared services.
2021 planning & permission processes
2024 construction commencement
2026 construction completion
ESET Campus is being designed by the world-renowned architectural studio Bjarke Ingels Group – BIG. BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group is a Copenhagen, New York, London, Barcelona, and Shenzhen-based group of architects, designers, urbanists, landscape professionals, interior and product designers, researchers and inventors. The office is currently involved in projects throughout Europe, America, Asia and the Middle East. BIG’s architecture emerges out of a careful analysis of how contemporary life constantly evolves and changes. By hitting the fertile overlap between pragmatic and utopia, architects once again find the freedom to change the surface of our planet, to better fit contemporary life forms.
“The new ESET HQ materializes the brief and challenge we got from the ESET leadership as literally as possible – the architecture is not only ecologically and economically sustainable, it is also socially sustainable: rather than a single hermetic entity, we have dissolved the new campus into a series of buildings framing a central square. An abundance of public spaces, pathways, and human-scale pavilions welcome ESET employees, university students and citizens of Bratislava to gather, exchange knowledge and enjoy. The architecture of the campus can expand organically over time but also feels as a single unified identity that is open, integrated, and accessible to the community from day one. We’re excited for the new ESET HQ to be part of the city’s transformation towards a more engaging public realm, and we believe the new ESET HQ has the true potential to become the seed for a new innovation district the city deserves.”
Bjarke Ingels, Founder and Creative Partner of BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group