Ended after a little time, two important design competitions for the city of Tirana in Albania.
Towards the end of March was proclaimed victory Coop Himmelb(l)au for the seat in the new parliament.
The intention of the study is to tie the Vienna headquarters of the institution to the concept of transparency, using materials that allow to peer inside the building. The entire property covers an area of approximately 28.000 sqm and is located at the intersection Dëshmorët and Kombit Boulevard, the main streets of Tirana. The ground floor is developed according to a regular volume, glazed, intended to house the hall of the Parliamentary Assembly. The upper part is composed of a large number of irregular volumes that develop in height, smoothed by a coating of perforated metal to optimize aeration and the solar flow, accepting also systems for the production of clean energy.
The project is focusing on the concept of transparency and democracy, leaving open to the public spaces of the ground floor and ensuring through visual permeability control by citizens.
A few days after the conclusion of this contest was announced Vittora the Danish study BIG for the construction of the new mosque in Tirana, an Islamic religious center and the Museum of Religious Harmony. The BIG proposal was selected from five prestigious finalists, including Andreas Perea Ortega (ES), Architecture Studio (FR), SeARCH (NL) and Zaha Hadid (UK).
The mayor Edi Rama commented on the outcome of the competition: "The winning proposal was chosen for its ability to create a public space inviting and flexible enough to accommodate everyday users and large religious events, while connecting harmoniously Scanderbeg Square with the city of Tirana and its citizens through various religions. The project also shines for its beautiful garden surrounding the new mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre that symbolizes the rich vegetation described in Islamic literature. "
The issue of religion is very important, in fact, Albania has large communities Catholic, Orthodox and Muslim and after the construction of two churches in recent years, the need for a new mosque was felt.
The shape of the buildings is dictated by the intersections of the roads of the city and makes the main facade of the mosque talk to Mecca. By subtraction they are derived from the whole volume of new open spaces and squares for the community and developed between the structures of the complex.
Turning the volume of the Mosque creating shapes that invite the public to come in, to visit these public spaces, ready to welcome practitioners and citizens.