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Renovation of Vila K

Project "Adaptation of Vila K into a cultural center (acronym: VILA KULTURA)" benefits from a 380 169 € grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants. The project has been co-financed from the State Budget of the Slovak Republic in the amount of 57 025 €. The aim of the project is to carry out the monumental renovation of Vila K and its transformation into a cultural center with unique accomodation in the 1930`s style.

Civic association Vila K is implementing the project financially supported by the grant from European economic area and the State Budget of the Slovak Republic entitled: 

Adaptation of Vila K into a cultural center (acronym: VILA KULTURA)

Project Information

Project No.: CLT01012
Program title: Cultural Entrepreneurship, Cultural Heritage and Cultural Cooperation
Implementation period: January 2021 - April 2023
Grant amount: 380 169 EUR
Total eligible expenditures: 427 156 EUR 
Recipient: Vila K, civic association, Kmeťkova 25, Nitra, Slovakia
Project output: Cultural heritage restored and revitalised

The project will be implemented in Nitra, on Kmeťkova street No. 22, where the significant funcionalistic buiding - Vila K is situated.

Done: Closing conference

In progress: Interior - final installations 

Next: Grand opening

Project intent

The project will include a complex renovation of Vila K, an important functionalistic monument in Nitra. The aim of the project is also a presentation of history of Nitra, with particular emphasis on this building and in the context of interwar and modern architecture, the administration and operation of the villa and the organization of cultural, educational and social events in Vila K. The effort is to restore the villa's original appearance and bring new life into its premises, consistent with the spirit of this unique space.

The basic philosophical principle of the project is the vision of a new publicly accessible cultural center on the map of Nitra, with benefits for both inhabitants as well as visitors of Nitra, especially among students and architecture enthusiasts of the interwar period.

Monument renovation shall be carried out in accordance with the relevant decisions of the Regional Monuments Board in Nitra. Facades and interiors shall be renovated, electricity shall be modernized, hygiene standards increased, as well as immediate surroundings of the monument shall be revitalized.

The ground floor shall serve as a cultural community space, accessible to the public and used as a platform for discussions, cultural and artistic performances and other events. A space for an artistic residence shall be created in the section below the columns.

The first floor shall be used mainly as a museum; the task of these spaces shall be, in principle, the presentation of everyday life of interwar Nitra. For the visitors, entering this area will seem as if they have entered a functionalist house from the 1930s. These spaces shall include a combination of original interwar furniture and period furnishings and replicas of those pieces that were originally documented by photography in the villa but were destroyed in the past.

Part of the building shall be used as occasional experiential accommodation for guests who will be able to appreciate the authenticity of the renovated space.  

About EEA Grants

The EEA Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway towards a green, competitive and inclusive Europe.

There are two overall objectives: reduction of economic and social disparities in Europe, and to strengthen bilateral relations between the donor countries and 15 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics.

The three donor countries cooperate closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). The donors have provided €3.3 billion through consecutive grant schemes between 1994 and 2014. For the period 2014-2021, the EEA Grants amount to €1.55 billion. The priorities for this period are:

#1 Innovation, Research, Education and Competitiveness

#2 Social Inclusion, Youth Employment and Poverty Reduction

#3 Environment, Energy, Climate Change and Low Carbon Economy

#4 Culture, Civil Society, Good Governance and Fundamental Rights

#5 Justice and Home Affairs

The EEA Grants are jointly financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, whose contributions are based on their GDP.

Eligibility for the Grants mirror the criteria set for the EU Cohesion Fund aimed at member countries where the Gross National Income (GNI) per inhabitant is less than 90% of the EU average.

All projects are co-financed by the State Budget of the Slovak Republic in the amount of 15%.

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