In 2016, a large unused and neglected area in front of the village church in Nova Bystrica was turned into a full-functional village square with an adjacent park, a shelter for cyclists and a parkour playground for older children.
As part of the design of the square, the architect incorporated the small old chapel and a bus stop to the overall concept. The design provided comfortable parking, answering to the village’s demand during worship, and created an area for cultural events and festive feasts.
The square is paved with natural stone in a wavy pattern that underlines the motif of Bystrica - a word used in the region of Slovakia, Czech Republic, Croatia and Poland for a river stream that connects several villages and towns (Banská, Záhorská, Stará, Kłodzka, Valašská Bystřice etc.). The project is to be finalised by creating a trans-border bridge across the river which would connect the square with the cycle route, based on a design by the famous Czech architect - prof. Martin Rajniš.
Year : 2016
City : NOVA BYSTRICA - SLOVAKIA
Client : Municipality of Zborov nad Bystricou
In collaboration with : prof. Martin Rajniš