01 Feb 2018

The ugliest and the most treasured building in Slovakia

The Slovak Radio Building in Bratislava, considered one of the ugliest buildings in the world, was announced to be a Slovak national treasure.

Ria Gehrerová
Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
Source: Denník N
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Slovak Radio Building. Wikicommons

Why this story matters:

It is hard to overlook the Slovak Radio Building.

The usual reaction of tourists who see it for the first time is, "Ok, there's a building, another building ... wait ... is it an inverted pyramid? How is it even possible to build something like that?" They don't know if they should admire it or not. Many Slovaks feel the same way.

Whatever the reaction, you cannot unsee the building and it will be stuck in your head for a long time. Maybe that is why preservationists decided to add the Radio Building to the list of structures Slovaks should cherish.

Details from the story:

  • Slovak Radio Building was designed by architects Štefan Ďurkovič and Štefan Svetko in 1967. The building was finished in 1983.
  • Slovak preservationists recently added this building to the list of structures that they consider to be national cultural treasures.
  • Radio journalists have worked in the building from the beginning. The building also has a large, high-quality concert hall that offers free tickets to public radio concerts.
  • In the last few years, the building has become a place where young people gather to enjoy a summer movie, a concert or drinks.
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