Southbank Bratislava Architecture & Urban Design Competition


The site in question is one of the most valuable building lots suitable for development in the capital city of Slovakia, Bratislava, thanks to its proximity to both, the historic city center, and the new downtown as well as its position on the southern bank of the Danube River.

For decades, the city of Bratislava has been planning to transform the area between the two bridges on the southern bank of the Danube River into a new city center. This area is considered strategic in terms of city’s development plans with the intention to create a compact city by the river.

The main goal is to create a new central city district interconnected with the already emerging downtown and to join the opposite sides of the river, out of which the southern is significantly underdeveloped. The purpose of this competition is to find suitable and functional masterplan concept with outstanding and unique architecture, landscape, and public space design.

We are confident that our project – defined by its location and scale, has strong potential to become the most valuable addition to the city center as well as an attractive and comfortable urban place for life, work, and free time.

Mixed use zone:

  • 210 000 sqm of the GFA,
  • 48% Residential,
  • 52% Office and Retail,
  • maximum height 110 meters.

Penta Real Estate

Our goal is to create buildings that contribute to urban development of a specific area. For these reasons, we always work with the top-of-the-class architects, engineers, and other respected professionals in the field. Our experience together with their creativity and competence guarantee the highest quality and investment value of our real estate portfolio. This is the main reason why the world’s most renowned architects such as Zaha Hadid Architects, Massimiliano Fuksas, Vietzke & Borstelmann Architekten, Benthem Crouwel Architects and others, participate in our projects.


International, open, two-round, non-anonymous, Architecture & Urban Design Competition.

First round results announcement

We have received 52 submissions in the First round of the competition. The jury has decided as follows:

Teams advancing to the second round:

  • Bjarke Ingels Group + Pantograph + Inflow
  • Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Office for Metropolitan Architecture
  • Snøhetta + Studio Egret West + gro architekti
  • KCAP
  • William Matthews Associates + Boele + Sadovsky & Architects + Mikhail Riches + Expedition Engineering + LOLA landscape architects + Studio Akkerhuis

Honourable mentions (will not be advancing to the second round):

  • Vietzke & Borstelmann Architekten + GTL + IADC
  • Mandaworks + Between

We would like to thank all teams for participating in the First round of the competition and also to congratulate the teams advancing to the second round.


Public announcement of the competition
First round design period begins


First round submission deadline


First round results announcement
Second round design period begins


Second round submission deadline


Jury meeting Presentations


Final results announcement


Independent jury members

Prof Ing. arch. Eva Jiřičná

CBE, AI Design
(architect and designer)

Dipl. Ing. Peter Gero

Peter Gero Consulting
(architect and urbanist)

Igor Marko MA Arch ARB

Marko and Placemakers
(architect and urbanist)

Ing. arch. Juraj Benetin

(architect and urbanist)

Ing. arch. Ján Doubek

Metropolitan Institute of Bratislava
Architecture Competitions Department

Jury representatives of the organiser

Ing. arch. Juraj Nevolník

Penta Real Estate, s.r.o.
Country Managing Director Slovak Republic

Ing. Petr Palička

Penta Real Estate, s.r.o.
Country Managing Director Czech Republic

Mgr. Michal Rehák

Penta Real Estate, s.r.o.
Business Director Residential

PhDr. Pavel Streblov M.Sc.

Penta Real Estate, s.r.o.
Business Director Commercial


Ing. Arch. Kornel Kobák

Vice-Chairman of the Slovak Chamber of Architects, AVK architects, FORFORM
(architect and urbanist)

Ing. Marcel Martišek

Penta Real Estate, s.r.o.
Head of Project Management


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