The headquarters of the energy company Západoslovenská energetika is to be located near the company's current headquarters, in the new downtown of Bratislava. The headquarters is to grow on Bottova street, in the shadow of the Sky Park towers by Zaha Hadid or the emerging Metropolis project with an unconventional line in the shape of the letter M.

The seven-story office building is to welcome 750 workers in the administration and almost thirty more people in services. The building should include, for example, a customer center, an electromobility showroom, a children's center or services for cyclists with separate entrances.

The technologically unique building is expected to bring a 70 percent higher saving in operating costs than comparable buildings in the shell and core part. Not only the basic operation of the ZSE building will be carbon neutral, but also the construction itself, for the first time ever on the Slovak market
project. The architectural design of the office building is by the Slovak studio Čechvala Architects.

The seven-story building of the new ZSE headquarters (in the foreground) is to welcome 750 employees in the administration. Visualization: Immocap

The start of construction is planned for spring 2027, the start of operation in autumn 2029. The project of the new ZSE headquarters in the fast-growing business center of the city is under the thumb of the developer company Immocap of millionaire Petr Lukeš and the recently deceased Michal Lazar.

A project with two buildings

"The total costs for the implementation of the proposed plan due to the mobility of the prices of construction works or the prices of technological equipment, depending on the selected suppliers, will be determined in the later stages of the construction process. The expected investment costs are approximately EUR 55 million," the translators of the plan state in the documents submitted to the office.

The project also includes the multifunctional EHQ complex, which is connected to the new ZSE headquarters by a basement and underground floors. The latter is to grow above the former locksmith's workshop, which later functioned as the Design Factory. According to the project, the monument to Bratislava's industrial beginnings is to be renovated and integrated into the new EHQ residential building.

Part of the project in which the new ZSE headquarters will be built is the terraced residential house EHQ. Photo: Immocap

EHQ was designed by architectural studio Chybik + Kristof, which won the contract in the international competition of developer Immocap. The architects planned a total of 164 apartments on 19 floors, including the former locksmith's workshop in the project as an entrance gate for residents and at the same time a cultural stand available to the public.

Západoslovenská energetika has been a member of the German E.ON group since 2002, which has managerial control over the company. The owner of a 51 percent share in the joint-stock company is the state through the Ministry of Economy. The company operates an electricity distribution system in western Slovakia, sells electricity and gas, and has recently been developing e-mobility in Slovakia. The ZSE group includes several subsidiary companies, for example ZSE Západoslovenská distribučná, ZSE Energia, ZSE Elektrárne and ZSE Energy Solutions.