SHORT HISTORY OF A HIGH BUILDING
Architect Jozef Lacko et al. designed the Presscentrum office building in the Winter Harbour industrial zone in 1972. In 2005 J&T REAL ESTATE development company began an extensive 18-month reconstruction and modernisation of the building, led by the architects Ing. Juraj Hermann and Ing. Patrik Pavlásek.
The result was a truly stunning and eye-catching piece of architecture, which serves as a characteristic landmark of Bratislava city and the Danube promenade.
During the structural redevelopment, only the supporting ferroconcrete, steel skeleton and six transformers were retained from the original Presscentrum building. During reconstruction, unique building jacketing technology (element façade system) was premiered in Slovakia – the resulting façade elements create an attractive smooth compact surface the light refraction of which changes throughout the day.
The building interior also required essential layout changes. The open and spacious entrance hall was interconnected with a ground floor public-access shopping passage. At 115 metres the structure became the-then tallest building in Bratislava, and of course gave the tower its unique name. Its 28 storeys provide optimal comfort and convenience, and numerous business and relaxation options.