Sights in Bratislava – Slovak Radio Building

The Slovak Radio Building, in Slovak Budova Slovenského rozhlasu, is easy to recognize when walking around in Bratislava. It is not its triangular shape that reminds passers-by of the communist times. Rather, it’s the color. This construction from 1983 is 80 meters high and it is shaped as an inverted pyramid. The building contains a concert hall with a large concert organ as well as it since 2011 is housing the Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska, Radio and Television Slovakia. Up until 2011 the building was instead housing the predecessor of Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska, the Slovenský rozhlas or Slovak Radio.

There has through the years been several opinions regarding the Slovak Radio Building. It has for example been considered one of the ugliest buildings in the world by the Telegraph. Now, we haven’t seen all the buildings in the world, but it is not very pretty. You might not have any specific reason to visit it, but at least you will know what it is when you pass by. The building is quite prominent in the city’s skyline after all.

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Slovak Radio Building: How to get there?

The Slovak Radio Building is  a short walk up north from the old town of Bratislava. The closest tram stop is Slovenská technická univerzita (STU). Trams will connect you with most of Bratislava.

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23 Comments

  1. Whoa, this looks remarkably like a building we saw in China during the 2010 Shanghai World Expo – the China Pavilion looked almost exactly like this with the same inverted pyramid shape. It was even bright red. Kinda looks like maybe they copied the Slovak Radio Building.

  2. Nice post! I wouldn’t agree with the Telegraph and say its the ugliest buildings i’ve ever seen, but its definitely not one of the nicest! I like how you included the map, very helpful!

  3. I too loved the inverted Pyramid design!
    Also, you have taken very well snaps which do justice to the building otherwise I have seen people who take bad pictures how much ever beautiful the location is!
    Thanks for sharing. Shared it ahead 🙂

  4. A unique design we must say. You may love it or hate it but you cannot ignore such radical designs and architecture. You would have to stop and look at it. Such design ideas are generally used to a great extent in the field of marketing to grab people’s attention. 🙂 🙂

  5. I guess it is kind of an ugly building but it is also pretty cool looking at the same time. I thinks it is something tourists would appreciate more than locals. That seems to be the case with a lot of weird looking buildings around the world.

  6. I spent just a day in Bratislava but that has been my most memorable visit. Lots to see during the walking tour there. This one is really a landmark. I remember some quirky statues there.

  7. Wow! I’ve never been to Slovakia and didn’t know they had buildings with such design! I liked the explanations and the pictures! Thanks for the recommendations 🙂 Best travel! E

  8. Sia

    I would really love to visit Slovakia and Bratislava, hopefully this year!
    It is funny that it was considered one of the ugliest building (though can we really blame them?), because there was also a building in Bucharest that was considered both the best and the ugliest. Buildings liek this usually bring a lot of different opinions.

  9. This is a fascinating piece of architecture, and one I didn’t know about! Had the chance to go to Bratislava, but sadly had to give it a miss. Definitely making sure I check this place out when I finally go!

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