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Stefano Boeri Architetti Designs New Offset Housing in Albania

13:00 - 8 May, 2019
Stefano Boeri Architetti Designs New Offset Housing in Albania, Courtesy of The Big Picture
Courtesy of The Big Picture

Stefano Boeri Architetti has designed a new offset multi-family housing complex in Albania. In conjunction with the opening of a new studio in Tirana, Boeri announced the start of construction on the new housing complex near the Albanian Presidential Palace. Designed as overlapped cubes, the project occupies a narrow lot on an important boulevard. The project's facade opens onto a large public space within the urban fabric of Tirana to put the housing complex in direct connection with the city.

Stefano Boeri Architetti Creates a Vertical Forest for Tirana 2030 Master Plan

05:30 - 18 March, 2019
Stefano Boeri Architetti Creates a Vertical Forest for Tirana 2030 Master Plan, Tirana Vertical Forest. Image © Stefano Boeri Architetti
Tirana Vertical Forest. Image © Stefano Boeri Architetti

Albania’s capital city, Tirana, is slated to receive the country’s first Vertical Forest in a scheme designed by Milanese architecture firm, Stefano Boeri Architetti. Originating as part of the city’s new development master plan completed by the firm 3 years ago, the building will greatly increase the amount of greenery within and around the metropolitan area. Tirana’s Vertical Forest will contain 21 floors above ground with 4 more below and will be populated by 105 apartment units above a primarily commercial ground floor.

MVRDV's Tirana Tower forms a Pixelated Map of Albania

09:00 - 15 February, 2019
MVRDV's Tirana Tower forms a Pixelated Map of Albania, © MVRDV / REDVERTEX
© MVRDV / REDVERTEX

Construction has begun on MVRDV’s “Downtown One,” a 140-meter-tall mixed-use skyscraper for the Albanian capital city of Tirana. Set to become Albania’s tallest building, the 37-story scheme is defined by its “relief of cantilevered houses and offices, which form a pixelated map of Albania, each representing a town or city.”

Stefano Boeri Architetti Begins Work on Tirana's Blloku Cube

14:00 - 6 September, 2018
Stefano Boeri Architetti Begins Work on Tirana's Blloku Cube, Blloku Cube. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti
Blloku Cube. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti

Work has started on Stefano Boeri Architetti's multifunctional building Blloku Cube, the first element of a larger masterplan in Tirana. Located at the intersection of Pjeter Bogdani and Vaso Pasha streets, the project is sited in a up-and-coming center of city life in Blloku district. Taking cues from the Albanese capital, the design combines a multifunctional program of commercial, office and rooftop garden space. The project features an anodized aluminum double-skin cladding, a pattern facade that becomes a signature piece of architecture within the surrounding post-communist developments.

MVRDV to Transform Communist-Era Pyramid into Center for Art and Technology in Albania

14:00 - 18 May, 2018
MVRDV to Transform Communist-Era Pyramid into Center for Art and Technology in Albania, Courtesy of MVRDV
Courtesy of MVRDV

MVRDV has unveiled its vision for transforming the Communist-era “Tirana Pyramid” in Albania into a center for technology, art, and culture. Under the plans, the abandoned structure will be revitalized as a multifunctional technology education center for Tirana’s youth, with the existing dark interior becoming open, bright, and green.

BIG Unveils Bow-Shaped Design for National Theatre of Albania

12:00 - 15 March, 2018
BIG Unveils Bow-Shaped Design for National Theatre of Albania, Courtesy of BIG
Courtesy of BIG

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has released images of its bow-shaped National Theatre of Albania, responding to a thriving performance art scene in the nation’s capital. Situated in the cultural heart of downtown Tirana, the scheme seeks to create new urban gathering places for a pedestrian-focused district, while casting the theater as a performer in its own right.

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.

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