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- October 1, 2022: Vol. 16, Number 9

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Above and beyond: Rooftop use is changing rapidly. What does the future hold for the once-neglected outer space?

by Marek Handzel

Nivy Mall sits in the New Nivy zone, a redeveloped area in Bratislava, Slovakia, located on the border of the city’s historic old town.

The mall has been combined with a modern bus terminal by its developer, HB Reavis, giving it a gleaming, futuristic look. But the standout feature of the asset is Nivy Mall’s publicly accessible roof terrace. Spread over 12,000 square metres (129,000 square feet), the area has been specifically created for recreation and relaxation. Local residents, shoppers, travellers and workers can all enjoy an area that has more than 130 trees, extensive lawns, flower beds and plants. As well as the community gardens and botanical trail, the rooftop also homes bat shelters, children’s play-grounds, a 550-metre running track and many other recreational zones. Visitors can play table tennis or chess, or sit down to enjoy some freshly cooked food in a designated barbecue space.

The green roof at the Nivy Mall became an immediate hit when it was

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