BIG Designs European AI and Cybersecurity Hub in Bratislava

Bjarke Ingels Group presented the design for a Bratislava tech campus. This urban village would be composed of interconnected buildings that are connected around a central courtyard. It is intended to foster an ecosystem for cybersecurity and AI innovation. The project was created in collaboration with Inflow and BuroHappold. It also features a photovoltaic roof which unites the 12 individual structures, while creating the architectural silhouette against the backdrop of Carpathian Mountains.

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The project is located 10 minutes from the city center and replaces the former military hospital with an IT security company ESET campus. The spatial hierarchy of the design is based on a spatial hierarchy. The buildings at the outer perimeter will have public spaces while the four interior structures will be used for company activity. The campus is located on the north side and opens onto the park, which contains a variety of spaces for recreation, interaction, and outdoor work areas.

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Instead of forming a single hermetic entity we have disintegrated the ESET Campus and made it an urban village consisting of interconnected buildings that frame public pathways and squares. The undulating solar roofings unite the diverse group of pavilions, creating a single silhouette rising above the forest park. It is almost like a man-made addition in the Little Carpathians mountain range. The ESET Campus, along with the University adjacent, is expected to help create Bratislava’s new innovation district. Bjarke Ingels is the Creative Director and Founder of BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group.

This courtyard will serve as a central point for the community, with retail, education, and cultural spaces. Each of the four ESET headquarters buildings has a central atrium that features skylights. The main lobby houses the main staircase, surrounded with social spaces and biophilic design elements. The campus is powered entirely by electricity generated from renewable energy sources like ground source heat pumps and PV roofing. This design was selected as the winner of an international competition. It is expected to be completed in 2024.

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