Architect's View

City Gate – space, simplicity and elegance


If you are looking for somebody, who could help you with the renovation of your dream apartment in the City Gate, it could be for example Ing. arch. Katarína Schwarzová from the KFA studio. She has been dealing with the City Gate building for FINEP SK for a long time and knows it like hardly anybody.


What makes the City Gate building interesting for an architect?

The building was designed by the well-known architects Eugen Kramár and Štefan Lukačovič in the 1940s and completed after the war. However, the theatre part was finished not until 1955. The premises were not intended only for the bank. It should also serve as a seat of the Bratislava Stock Exchange and the Presidium of the National Bank. And apartments, shops, and a dramatic theatre should be situated there. The building forms an ending of the so-called “Bank Street” – today Gorkého Street.


What do you like about this building?

The building was originally designed as a multifunctional building with porous stone cladding.  As Kramár himself stated in his memoirs, this was his first major project, in which he understood that “the building must arouse seriousness and trust among clients”.  As a child, I had the opportunity to visit the building several times in the 1970s. I have always really liked the grandeur of the space, the clarity of the layout, and at the same time the thoughtfully designed interior, which is still relevant today. It should be recalled that the theatre and the bank were designed from the outside as one single unit, but they are independent buildings regarding its function and ground plan. In some areas you can still feel functionalism, but also socialist realism – stained glass with folklore motifs.


And what about the challenge?

Designing interiors in such an important space, it is not only a challenge, but also humility and respect for the past.


What kind of interior would you design in each apartment if you could move there yourself?

I assume that a client, who chooses an apartment in such an important building, has a relationship to simplicity and elegance and probably a bit to history as well. The requirements of the future apartment user must be respected. His or her ideas about living, habits, and expectations from space. I would suggest simplicity in furnishing the space allowing the space to distinguish itself and its genius loci. I think that even the walls have their past. Simplifying means eliminating the unnecessary.


What experience would you recommend to clients?

The interior of such apartments deserves a lot to think about. I would definitely recommend using quality and genuine materials, especially on the floors and built-in furniture. Finally, let me quote Roi James:

“Great design is all about detail. With an innovative choice of materials, sensible construction technology and modern aesthetics, you can create a unique design language that sets new standards.”

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Who we are

CITY GATE s.r.o. with registered office at Nám. SNP 478/19 811 01 Bratislava, company ID number: 3583026, registered in the Commercial Register kept with the District Court in Bratislava I, insert 3576/B, Section: Sa.

We process certain personal data for the provision of our services and the operation of our website.

The processing of personal data is particularly governed by Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation) („GDPR“).


I.Personal Data Processing

A.rocessing of personal data in case of using the contact form or other form of contact

If you inquire about our products and services, we will work with your contact details, which you will provide to us, for example via the inquiry form. These include: name, surname, e-mail, telephone number, and your requirements regarding our products and services, or other data that you fill in in your inquiry or provide to us as part of another agreement. 

For what reason?

We will use your personal data provided to us for contacting you regarding a further agreement on our services and products.

For what legal reason?

The reason is processing on the basis of Article 6(1)(b) of GDPR – contract negotiations and contract performance.

For how long will we process your personal data?

If we do not establish further cooperation, we will process your data for the time necessary to process your inquiry.


B. Processing of personal data in the case of concluding a contract

If we togehter enter into a conclusion of the contract, we will work with the data you provide to us.
These mainly include name, surname, e-mail, telephone number, address/registered office, the real property data, account number, in some cases it can also be a birth certificate number or identification card number, and other data that are necessary, for example, for real property transfer, assistance in arranging a mortgage or fulfilling obligations to prevent money laundering. 

For what reason?

We need to process personal data in order to fulfil our contract – to provide you with our products and services. We also use your contact details to communicate with you regarding the status of your matter or regarding complaints, grievances, wishes, or questions. 

We will further process personal data in order to fulfil our statutory obligations (mainly for accounting and tax purposes, for handling complaints, preventing money laundering, and for other reasons).

For what legal reason do we process your personal data?

The reason is personal data processing on the basis of Article 6(1)( b) of GDPR – performance of the contract – and Article 6(1)(c) of GDPR – fulfilment of our legal obligations.

For how long will we process your personal data?

For the period of performance of our services and 10 years after the last provision of our service, unless special regulations stipulate a different period, in which case the period shall be governed by this special regulation.


C. Newsletters (business communications)

If you subscribe to our newsletter or you are our customer and you have not refused to give us your consent, we can use your e-mail address to send you our news.

For what legal reason?

In the case of a subscription to the newsletter, we process your personal data on the basis of your consent and in compliance with Article 6(1)(a) of GDPR. 

If you are a customer, the provisions of Section 7(3) of Act No. 480/2004 Coll., on Certain Information Society Services, allow us to process your personal data, unless you prohibit us to do so.

Your consent is voluntary and can be revoked at any time. 

For how long will we process personal data?

3 years after giving the consent or the last provision of the service. You can unsubscribe from the mailing at any time via a link in our e-mail or contact us at the e-mail address:


D. Telephone contacting our clients with offers (telephone business communication)

If you are our client and you have not banned us from contacting you, we may do so from time to time via telephone calls.

For what legal reason?

If the processing of your personal data is for the purpose of providing our services, it is carried out in compliance with Article 6(1)(b) of GDPR, i.e. performance of a contract. 

If we contact you in order to offer other services or to determine the quality of our services, the processing is carried out in compliance with Article 6(1)(f) of GDPR, i.e. the so-called legitimate interest. 

How long will we process your personal data?

We will process your personal data for the period of providing our services and then 3 years after the last instance of provision of our service. You can file an objection against such processing. In this case, we will not contact you by phone for marketing purposes.


E. Taking photographs at events

Photos or videos can be taken at our events.

For what reason?

We want to capture our events for our internal purposes (archiving), as well as for promos on our website and social networks – Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

For what legal reason?

This is processing on the basis of Article 6(1)(f) of GDPR – processing on the basis of the so-called legitimate interest.

You can file your objection against such processing. Therefore, if you do not wish to be captured in the photos, contact us or the organizer/photographer at the venue.


F. Camera recordings

Some parts of our premises are guarded by a camera system.

For what reason?

We monitor areas where it is necessary to protect the health of people or, in exceptional cases, property. 

For what legal reason?

The reason is processing on the basis of Article 6(1)(f) of GDPR – processing on the basis of the so-called legitimate interest.

For how long will we process personal data?

Maximum 30 days from the date of making the recording.

You can file your objection against such processing. Call us or write to us to our e-mail address:


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Your data will be kept by us. Nevertheless, some companies or inpiduals who work for us can gain access to your personal data, because they help us with the running of our company. These are in particular:

  • suppliers and service providers,
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We may provide your data to third parties if this results from our cooperation (i.e. the performance of the contract). These are, for example, credit providers, the land registry, the other contractual party, etc. In such cases, these are regarded as inpidual data administrators.


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If you have any questions about personal data, please contact us at the e-mail address:

There is no appointed personal data officer in our group.

The GDPR gives you, among other things, the right to contact us and request information, which of your personal data we process, request access to your personal data, have the data updated or corrected, or request processing restrictions, you can request a copy of processed personal data, the deletion of personal data in certain situations and you have the right to personal data portability in certain cases. The consents granted may be revoked at any time and the processing may be objected to on the grounds of legitimate interest. 

If you think that we are not handling your personal data correctly, you have the right to file a complaint with the Office for Personal Data Protection, or you can even enforce your claims through the court.

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