The new headquarters and campus for ESET will be designed by leading Danish architectural studio BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group)Bratislava 4.11.2020
ESET's partner in transforming the premises of the former Military Hospital on Bratislava's Patrónka into the Center for Innovation and Creativity – ESET Campus – will be the world-renowned architectural studio Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). Architects from one of today's most sought-after studios have won the international architectural competition which was announced by ESET last September. As ESET Campus is an exceptional project in terms of scope but especially the combination and interconnectedness of functions, the most important selection criteria were previous experience with a focus on master planning, campuses and innovation centers, but also sufficient studio size and capacity.
„We also see ESET Campus as an extremely complex project in our company, which is why we paid a lot of attention and time to the choice of the conceptual architect. The international competition and workshops with the addressed studios, as well as discussions with Slovak experts who helped us with the selection, significantly moved us not only in thinking about the future design of the project, but also on current topics such as sustainability, ecology and flexibility of the working environment. In addition, we are preparing this exceptional project at a time that posed completely new challenges for us, so I am very happy that we will develop it with exceptional architects from the BIG studio,“ said Pavel Luka, ESET's Chief Operating Officer, about the results of the competition.
„We are honoured to work with ESET that has set out an extraordinary level of ambition for their new headquarters. With the global events of 2020 and the rise of remote working in mind, this has become an opportunity to explore the future of both physical and virtual work space, and to rethink the campus as an integrated part of the city. The vision is to demonstrate a true carbon neutral approach to construction, and to create a campus blended closely with the natural environment at the foot of the small Carpathians,“ said Andreas Klok Pedersen, Partner BIG London.
As the intention of the competition was the presentation of conceptual proposals and the selection of a long-term partner for cooperation, the result of the selection is not yet the final design of the project. It should be created in cooperation with the BIG studio, ESET and also with the involvement of a local architectural studio, the selection of which is currently being prepared.
Based on the cooperation of ESET with the Faculty of Architecture and Design of Slovak Technical University (FAD STU) in Bratislava, the architects from the BIG studio also became the guarantors of the newly opened 25th vertical studio at FAD STU. In the next school year, under their leadership, students will solve assignments related to the topic of innovation centers and science parks, sustainability, but also design solutions in the post-COVID era.
BIG – BJARKE INGELS GROUP
BIG is a Copenhagen, New York, London and Barcelona based group of architects, designers, urbanists, landscape professionals, interior and product designers, researchers and inventors. The office is currently involved in a large number of projects throughout Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East. BIG’s architecture emerges out of a careful analysis of how contemporary life constantly evolves and changes. Not least due to the influence from multicultural exchange, global economic flows and communication technologies that all together require new ways of architectural and urban organization.
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