City Bath, City Library, park, café, space for children and artist in residence all in one place

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A bath is a place for gatherings, relax and immersing oneself in water as well as in conversations.

This also applied to the Grössling Bath, which is now coming back to be a social place for everyone.

Grössling City Bath – 1914

Grössling City Bath – 2020

The City of Bratislava and the Metropolitan Institute of Bratislava have the intention to restore the original function of the Grössling Bath and complete it with new forms of cultural-community activities and thus open the space to the public.

In addition to the renovation of the bath section, we also plan to move part of the City Library into the separate area of the object and thus create a public institution which will be accessible to everyone.

The main idea of the Grössling object is to immerse oneself in the bath atmosphere of Bratislava, in a relaxing environment, as well as in books in a quiet space of the library. The branch of the City Library will offer a residence programme for artists that will welcome writers and translators. The café will become an open space with the kids zone and a reading space of the daily press and the latest publications. The concept also includes the renovation of public spaces, the surrounding area of the building and creating a park on Medená street.

Entrance to the Bath from the corner of Medená and Kúpeľná street

City Bath

Grössling City Bath – 1914

Grössling City Bath – 2020

The Grössling City Bath is an iconic building of Bratislava. The heyday of the building dating from 1895 was in 1914, when the part for swimmers and other recreational facilities were added to the recreational and balneo baths. In those days the townsmen used the bath not only for cleansing and sports, but also as an important meeting point. This function of the bath is what we would like to bring back to the city and its citizens.

City Library

Current premises of the City Library – Laurinská street, Bratislava

The City Library in Bratislava established in 1900 is the oldest and the largest public library in the capital city. Currently it is located in two places: in a block on Kapucínska and Klariská street; and in the building on Laurinská street. However, the premises on Laurinská street are in bad condition and the library has insufficient spatial capacity and poor technical condition.

Moving the part of the City Library from Laurinská street to the Grössling is an opportunity for its restart – the updating and modernisation of its equipment, activities and services.

At the same time, the new library opens up a space for dialogue on how the modern city library should look like and how it should function. We want the City Library in Grössling to develop into an open space for active events, meetings and exploring.

What else is coming up

Park

Public space is an important part of the Grössling concept. Therefore, we are revitalising the park on Medená street which shall become the gateway into the object.

Café

A café with reading space will offer a great opportunity for immersing oneself in the latest publications, daily press or a convivial discussion.

SPACE FOR CHILDREN

The kids zone in sight of parents will provide safe and pleasant environment for families with children.

ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

The residence centre operated by the City Library and partners will create a space for writers, translators, artistic and cultural individuals.

Architectural competition

The final look of the Grössling object´s reconstruction will be the subject of an international architectural competition announced by the City of Bratislava and the Metropolitan Institute of Bratislava in March 2020. The assignment of the competition and more detailed information can be found on the website of the City of Bratislava.

Competition details

Grössling tourVirtual tour

Reconstruction timeline

Announcement of the competition

March 2020

Results of the 2nd round

Summer 2020

Elaboration of project documentation

Spring 2021

Commencement of revitalisation of the park on Medená street

Autumn 2021

Summer 2020

Results of the 1st round

Autumn 2020

Public presentation of the competition results

Autumn 2021

Approval processes

Spring 2022

Commencement of the object reconstruction

Announcement of the competition

March 2020

Results of the 1st round

Summer 2020

Results of the 2nd round

Summer 2020

Public presentation of the competition results

Autumn 2020

Elaboration of project documentation

Spring 2021

Approval processes

Autumn 2021

Commencement of revitalisation of the park on Medená street

Autumn 2021

Commencement of the object reconstruction

Spring 2022

What's new?

VIRTUAL TOUR OF CITY BATH

Due to the current situation with COVID-19 live inspections of the designed object will not be possible therefore we have decided to make an “online” tour available for everyone. For interested parties, we are releasing an online virtual tour as a video and 360° virtual tour.

GRAPHICS FROM THE PROJECT ČIERNE DIERY

On the occasion of announcing the international architectural competition, the project Čierne diery, in cooperation with Adela Režná, created graphic artwork documenting the atmosphere of the Bath. Participants in the competition advancing to the second round of the architectural competition will receive some of the donated pieces. We believe that these valuable graphics can also motivate the architects to submit their design.

FINALISATION OF COMPETITION DOCUMENTS

Last year we successfully cleaned the object from waste which had accumulated during the last 26 years. We carried out surveying of the object, a structural-technical assessment and an assessment of dampness of the entire object, revision of the chimney, historical research, during which, with the use of drill holes and the original documentation, we prepared a detailed analysis of the historical elements. In cooperation with many experts we were able to prepare the basis on which we announced an international architectural competition for the renovation of the object.

LAYERS OF HISTORY

In addition to the historical and technical documents, during the year´s preparation we also started to clean and preserve the building in order to avoid further deterioration of its technical condition. In the course of these works we found old ceramic tiling in the object dating from 1895, 1914, 1929, 1942 and 1972. And based on these colours and patterns, we started to build the identity of the new Grössling. It is one of the first steps in the creation of its identity, and then it will be completed according to the results of the competition.

OLD FONT IN A NEW SHAPE

We believe that not everything must be newly created. Therefore, in cooperation with the typographer, Ondrej Jób, we have created the font of the Grössling based on old photos. The return of the old font is one of the many small steps in returning the soul to the abandoned object.

TOURS OF THE BUILDING

Unfortunately, the current technical condition of the building does not allow us to show you its beauty. We have therefore decided to capture it in cooperation with the photographers Nora and Jakub, who have documented the current state of the Bath in photos. Our aim is to capture the entire course of the building´s transformation so that we can show it to you after the reconstruction. News about the reconstruction is available on our Instagrame.

INVOLVEMENT OF THE PUBLIC

We don’t want to carry out the renovation of such an important object as the Grössling Bath is without you. We want to involve both professionals and non-professional public in the reconstruction process so that the new look of the object is a common decision. Forms of public involvement are gradually being developed and they will include questionnaires, neighbourly gatherings and other activities.

NEWS ABOUT THE RECONSTRUCTION

Follow the continuing reconstruction and peek into the history, the present as well as the future of Grössling on our Instagram.