Greenside Out / JA Joubert Architecture

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JA Joubert Architecture, has won second prize in an international competition for a new mixed-use building along the Rruga Durresit, the main road into Tirana, . Breaking with the traditional box-like shapes, they filled out the space set by the urban regulations, and subsequently hollowed out this shape until the maximum allowed volume was reached. In doing so, the strong, recognisable outer shape, is contrasted by beautiful open inner spaces and at the same time the proposed shape allows for a flexible development in program between shopping, offices and housing. More information and images after the break.

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Architects: JA Joubert Architecture
Location: Tirana, Albania
Principal Architect: Marc Joubert
Project Team: Jeroen de Loor, Marian Dusinsky, Alessandro Guida, Kim Byungchan
Size: 9,600 sqm + 3,000 sqm parking garage

Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "Greenside Out / JA Joubert Architecture" 29 Aug 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 20 Sep 2014. <>


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      It wouldn’t make any difference…
      Yes, it aims to be BIG, but it will never be!

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    I like the round cuts but would like to see something more radical on the facade, for now its too much of the same thing. This project does not have too look like a building, neither like ‘big’. In fact this building would be way more pleasant than big’s residential stuff.

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