Designer Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has unveiled a new technology campus for cybersecurity and AI in Bratislava, Slovakia called ESET Campus. The new central European tech hub is comprised of 55,000 square meters and was a partnership between designers BIG, Inflow, Pantograph, BuroHappold and ARUP.
Patronka, Bratislava is the home for the sprawling new ESET Tech Campus, which was built on the site of a former military hospital between the Carpathian Mountains and the city center of Bratislava. The ESET Campus was the winning proposal of a global design competition. BIG was hired as the architect in 2019 to bring the design to life. The idea was “a creative, green, collaborative hub where bold cybersecurity solutions come to life.” The campus is expected to break ground in 2024, with opening in 2027.
“We believe it’s crucial for ESET to lead by example in innovation and technology,” said ESET’s COO Palo Luka. “We will ensure that our campus houses the latest technologies and clever and efficient solutions to achieve the highest levels of sustainability.”
The project aims to be a carbon neutral campus. Additionally, it aims to reduce carbon by building the project in the most sustainable way possible. ESET is set in a forested site with 12 buildings of various uses organized around a central courtyard. Buildings on the outer perimeter are to be public spaces, while four central buildings will house 1,500 ESET employees. Rather than a single building, designers have split the ESET Campus into an urban village of interconnected buildings, which are framed by public paths and urban squares.
“The diverse cluster of individual pavilions are unified by the undulating solar roofs, forming a single silhouette rising from the forested park like a man-made addition to the Little Carpathians mountain range,” explained Bjarke Ingels, founder and creative director at BIG.
According to Andreas Klok Pedersen, partner with Bjarke Ingels Group, the ESET Campus will set a new benchmark for sustainability. The goal is an entirely electric-power building with solar roof and ground heat pumps, which will create additional renewable energy. The use of timber throughout ensures lowest possible carbon footprint.
The goal of ESET is actually to go further than carbon neutral. Carbon negative may be achieved by adding renewable all-electric energy to natural ventilation and sustainable passive solar construction.
Images via Bjarke Ingels Group