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Tirana Rocks masterplan, Tirana, Albania

Friday 05 Sep 2008

MVRDV wins urban ecological masterplan

Tirana Rocks masterplan by MVRDV Architects in Tirana, Albania
Tirana Rocks masterplan by MVRDV Architects in Tirana, Albania Tirana Rocks masterplan by MVRDV Architects in Tirana, Albania
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11/09/08 carol, sydney
Maybe there is a good de vista from the water, but this project does not offers nothing to the existent city, there are no relationship between both, it is out of scale, the grain of the city disappears. The pedestrian scale is very important and here it even does not exist. It is not a garden city, it is not a city. Looks like that some one threw some play kid cubes over a green carpet, and then put some scaled sport courts, sorry, but you need to study more about urban design history before you propose something that offer some good things for the existent city...
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07/09/08 Jacob Salyer, Independence, MO
Thats not bad, I think it'd be alot better if they were somehow spread out in a way though!
05/09/08 Colin, Vancouver
Wow. My initial thought was, 'cool,' but when you look at it closer it comes across as an architectural playground of tumbled monoliths with little regard for the pedestrian scale, 'eyes on the street,' urban context, and all that. To me, this appears to be a step backward in successful urban design.
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Striking Albanian masterplan will feature architecture on a tilt 

The city of Tirana and an international jury announced MVRDV winner of the competition for the urban masterplan creating a new dense urban neighborhood with a park and public facilities at the shore of Tirana Lake, in the south of the Albanian capital. MVRDV won the competition over Bolles + Wilson, David Chipperfield Architects and Carlos Ferrater among others.

Tirana Lake is one of the highly valuable green areas of the city. The project foresees the regeneration of a 20ha site on the north shore of the lake by creating a dense urban neighborhood liberating space for a park, recreational facilities, new public spaces and ecologic interventions.

The cantilevered and leaning buildings allow for a great variety of apartment types, shopping and offices and ‘echo’ the Tirana typology. The stacked and twisted volumes create spectacular public spaces and provide dramatic vistas. Clad in local stones the buildings turn into a series of ‘rocks’, the ‘Tirana Rocks’.

Dense clustering of the program on the lake side allows the site to become part of the chain of parks surrounding the lake. Planting a park of Jacaranda trees will add a new characteristic element to the area and provide natural shade; the tree’s long lasting blue flowers will appear as a ‘blue cloud’. A promenade along the water creates an active social zone that contributes to the idea of a ‘Copa Tirana’.

Edi Rama, the mayor of Tirana who received the 2004 World Mayor Award presented the winning scheme on national television.

The masterplan consists of 225,000 sq m housing, 60,000sq m offices, 20,000 sq m public buildings, 60,000 sq m retail, a hotel of 15,000 sq m and 20,000 sq m sport and recreational facilities and a car park. Start construction is envisioned for 2010, the total estimated investment is 600 million Euro. The client is a group of Albanian private developers; the project is managed by Ambito Project Management, Madrid, Spain.

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