Creation of railway station in Nové Mesto (New Town) was connected with rebuilding of rail junction which was made to bring stations from the center of Bratislava closer to its suburbs. The first year of station is considered to be 1957 when the causeways were made. At first the railway station was not used for public transport but only for movement of working trains and small vehicles between stations Bratislava – Podunajské Biskupice. It was put into full operation in 1962 and station building was built in 1964. This building began to be used by the public on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Slovak National Uprising. This building was designed by architect Vojtech Fifik who projected several other railway buildings. For example railway building Bratislava – Uptown, Nové Zámky or hall of railway station in Nitra.
Railway station Nové Mesto is devided into central vestibule and two contiguous wings. There is working scheme, offices and rooms for employees. Vestibule building has conical shape and slightly cut corbel course which cause problems with statics. It has entry on both sides and it allows access from both, tram stop and bus stop. Outer walls are equipped by watches, essential part of all train stations, inner walls are made from glass which intensively illuminates the internal space. Vestibule has high ceiling and in the past it was possible to go up staircase to loft which is closed nowadays. There is waiting room for mothers with children, restaurant, hairdresser´s and community center. Under the loft are cashiers with train tickets from where the six meters wide subway leads to platforms. Vestibule dominance is painting with railway theme made by academic painter František Gajdoš.
At the first platform you can see bronze sculpture made by famous sculptor Tibor Bártfay sunlit by the daylight coming through the half-round opening in the ceiling. Flying figure depicting movement and speed is joining here with trains crossing the country.
Vestibule and platforms were reconstructed in 2011 on the occasion of World Ice-hockey Championship which took place in Bratislava. Other parts still wait for their reconstruction.
Authors: Luboš Korenčík, Jana Babušiaková
Translation: Klára Kruteková