A number of caves are a part of the Demänovská valley, as well as the whole of Liptov, one of the most beautiful is the Demänovská Ice Cave. The length of the measured parts of the cave is 2,445 m with a height difference of 57. It is remarkable for the occurrence of permanent ice filling, bizarre and massive shapes of underground spaces and rare cave fauna.
An integral part of it is also a bat. So far, 9 species of bats have been found in the cave. The best known are: Myotis mystacinus, Plecotus austriacus, Eptesicus nilssoni, Barbastella barbastella and Blythii. Many people don’t feel good when they look at this creature. And that is why I was interested in the bat’s hidden beauty. How to transform the emotion of fear, rejection and resistance, into the emotion of gentleness, tenderness, vulnerability to self-confidence and dominance in his territory.
I tried to transform his part, detail from it into architecture. I wanted to introduce people to the beauty I see. I was looking for a detail on this interesting creature, which I would materialize through architecture. His ears and echolocation, thanks to which he orients himself in the dark, became the inspiration for the design of the “Rezidencie na Bielej Púti”. The ears of the bat´s has different lengths, in some species very long. Bats are characterized by echolocation.
In the dark, they orient themselves by reflecting the high-frequency sounds they emit. Sounds (so-called cranks) arise in the larynx, are transmitted through the nose or mouth and are directed or focused by the nasal leaf (if present). Echoes of sound are captured by the ears. The distance of the object is determined by the return time of this sound.
The “Residencie na Bielej Púti” complex consists of a set of six apartment houses (batmans) and seven multifunctional buildings. The apartment houses have six above-ground and one underground floor. There are six apartments in each of them. A promenade with 7 bars and restaurants is designed between the apartments, which complements the recreation and nightlife of the visitors.
“When I am creating a design for more people, I look for a common element with which I can connect people and with whom they can identify. I give my uniqueness and character to the space created in this way, which people perceive through the emotions that this space evokes in them… ” Source and images Courtesy of JANREVAJ architects.