History of building

The museum grounds comprise an area of 7,811 square meters. While creating the architectural design of the museum, the architect Peter Žalman had to take into account a number of constraints stemming from the unique location within the waterworks area. When searching for an appropriate form, the historic context of the site was an important inspiration. The northern border of the Roman Empire “Limes Romanus” (today near the border between Hungary, Austria and Slovakia) once led through the site. The notional form of the museum has evolved from the idea of a ship – the Roman galley, becoming a symbolic and timeless link between the past and the present. Based on this original idea the architect proposed a ship-like floor plan with vertical members symbolising oars, which support the main structure.

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My memories of my first encounter with the Danubiana are hazy. It was twelve years ago, soon after finishing university, when Vincent Polakovič first crossed the threshold of the studio of Peter Žalman, where I was working as a new graduate. Brisk activity prevailed in the studio and Peter always strove for balance: pragmatic projects for flats and reconstructions, but also cooperation with artists, town planning, interiors, regular injections of creativity and relaxation in the form of competitions – for a new town hall, monument, square, university or town.

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