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Curatorial Team Selected for Albanian Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale

12:00 - 28 November, 2015
Curatorial Team Selected for Albanian Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale , Albania Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Andrea Avezzù, Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia
Albania Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Andrea Avezzù, Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia

Simon Battisti, Leah Whitman-Salkin, and design collective Åbäke have been selected to represent Albania at the 15th International Biennale in Venice in 2016, with their project entitled, “I Have Left You the Mountain.” The project was selected from an open call for proposals from the Albanian Ministry of Culture that was held earlier this fall.

Monocle 24 Examines the Impact of the 'Illegal City'

04:00 - 10 July, 2015
Monocle 24 Examines the Impact of the 'Illegal City', Metropolitan Graffiti Art. Image Courtesy of Monocle
Metropolitan Graffiti Art. Image Courtesy of Monocle

In the latest edition of The Urbanist, Monocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team tackle the illegal city and look at how our cities are dealing with those who are bending the rules. From Portugal to Albania to Brazil, Andrew Tuck and his correspondents explore how crime and illegality have become ubiquitous in our urban environment, from informal settlements and illegal housing, street art and rough sleeping, to the more sinister impact of inner-city organised crime.

Bank of Albania HQ Renovation / Petreschi Achitects

03:00 - 7 March, 2015
Bank of Albania HQ Renovation / Petreschi Achitects, Courtesy of Petreschi Architects
Courtesy of Petreschi Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tirana, Albania
  • Architect in Charge

    Marco Petreschi
  • Design Team

    Giulia Amadei, Nilda Valentin, Maurizio Pascucci, Antonio Archiletti
  • Area

    14240.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Petreschi Architects

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Mobilicity Tirana Competition Entry / vGHcompany

07:00 - 2 November, 2012
Courtesy of vGHcompany
Courtesy of vGHcompany

vGHcompany shared with us their competition entry for Mobilicity Tirana, which won an honorable mention. Their project outlines a utopia, which is based on the man who fell into one’s own trap: the notion of time. The rings showing the wheels of a watch in which each mean of conveyance (train, car, bike) are the hands covering the dial. Each of these conveyance flows has their own characteristics and its medium speed. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Central Tirana Masterplan / Grimshaw Architects

11:00 - 26 May, 2012
Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects
Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects

Grimshaw Architects recently announced that they have been selected to masterplan a large expansion to Albania’s capital city, Tirana. Grimshaw proposed a robust sequence of public spaces threaded along the boulevard that responded geometrically to existing patterns of land ownership. Tirana is a Mediterranean city with an outdoor culture. Each space or ‘living room’ was presented with a different use and character; a new ‘symphony of squares’. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Finalists for the Masterplan of Tirana, Albania / Grimshaw Architects

13:00 - 23 April, 2012
Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects
Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects

Grimshaw Architects is one of two finalists selected in a competition for the master plan of central Tirana, Albania.  The competition brief called for a comprehensive strategy that built upon the international identity of the city – particularly its waterways and the major boulevard running between them.  It also called for an integration of transportation links – a city-wide transformation to streamline the infrastructure and bring vitality into the experience of the city.

Read on for more on Grimshaw’s strategy to enrich Tirana.

Building Tirana’s Green Future: Tirana Northern Boulevard and River Project / Cino Zucchi Architetti

07:00 - 3 April, 2012
Courtesy of Cino Zucchi Architetti
Courtesy of Cino Zucchi Architetti

The center of Tirana is marked by a clear urban layout, but its recent growth filled up a large area around it without any order, structure, adequate services or meaningful public spaces. In this proposal by Cino Zucchi Architetti, in collaboration with One Works, Gustafson Porter, Buro Happold London, and Antonello Stella Architects, the voids rather than the buildings become the catalysts of new urban regeneration. In doing so, their design attracts public and private functions around a sequence of green spaces of high environmental quality. The extension of the boulevard into a lively green promenade progressively opens up to the beautiful landscape of the hills across the Tirana river. More images and architects’ description after the break.

BIG wins the competition to design a major Cultural Center in Albania

18:42 - 4 May, 2011
Courtesy of BIG
Courtesy of BIG

BIG, Martha Schwartz Landscape, Buro Happold, Speirs & Major, Lutzenberger & Lutzenberger, and Global Cultural Asset Management are today announced as the winning team of the international design competition for a new 27.000 m2 cultural complex in Albania, consisting of a Mosque, an Islamic Centre, and a Museum of Religious Harmony.

More images and complete press release after the break.

Greenside Out / JA Joubert Architecture

12:30 - 29 August, 2010
Courtesy of JA Joubert Architecture
Courtesy of JA Joubert Architecture

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, Albania. 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.

Park Life / JA Joubert Architecture

18:00 - 27 August, 2010
Courtesy of JA Joubert Architecture
Courtesy of JA Joubert Architecture

JA Joubert Architecture, a Rotterdam-based architectural office, has won first prize in an international competition for a new neighbourhood in Tirana, Albania. Invited by a private developer, they decided to break with standard sub-urban development by proposing an integral solution for building and parking, directly linking them to the terrain conditions, thus creating a new community for different (age) groups, with sports and health facilities, set within a continuous green park with beautiful views to the city and Tirana lake. More information and images after the break.