Rimavská Sobota (SL)Ateliér A4 and gutgut architects

Many suburbs of former Eastern Bloc cities still look like concrete jungles, built during the decades of Soviet reign in which the post-war housing shortage was addressed on a large scale. There is no place with a higher concentration of these structures in the former Soviet Bloc than in both countries in the area formerly known as Czechoslovakia. The prefabricated residential blocks, locally known as paneláky – a word that means ‘panel houses’ in both Czech and Slovak – still, decades after the fall of the Iron Curtain, determine the DNA of the cities in many ways. This is also the case in Rimavská Sobota.