How Slovakian Firm GutGut Transforms Concrete Communist Panelaks into Sleek Housing

Over 130,000 people in Bratislava live in prefabricated communist housing blocks called panelaks and most of them are located in a district of Bratislava called Peterzalka. I have mixed feelings about panelaks. My uncle lives in one that is quite roomy and comfy with plenty of light and a park just outside his doorstep. Transportation links are good and there are many shops close by. On the other hand, I’ve visited other panelaks that were not so inviting and desperately in need of updating. I found this inspiring video by a Slovak architecture firm called GutGut that shows it’s possible to reuse and transform these difficult concrete structures into modern homes.




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