Grimshaw has revealed the first detailed proposals within its competition-winning masterplan to extend Tirana’s 1930s central boulevard
The practice landed the project, which will create a series of ‘Urban Living Rooms’ as part of a new network of public spaces in the Albanian capital, last May (AJ 23.05.2012).
The project area covers more than a fifth of the overall area of the city.
A new lido and beach sits within a 7km riverside park.
The architect’s view
Our design proposes a robust sequence of public spaces threaded along the boulevard. The design of the proposed city structure is based upon an analysis of the existing informal urban settlement and patterns of land ownership. The urban design focuses on the creation of ‘Urban Living Rooms’, which reflect the Mediterranean outdoor culture of Tirana. The new network of public spaces will change the perception of the city rendering it more open and accessible. The river park is structured around the same concept of sequencing spaces which are open and green. The Mayor of Tirana wishes to build the boulevard and its ‘living rooms’ as quickly as possible to act as the backbone around which the redevelopment of the city will emerge.
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Grimshaw scoops Tirana boulevard contest
Grimshaw has beaten fellow finalist, Dubai-based studio DAR, to win the competition to masterplan the central boulevard of Albania’s capital, Tirana.
West 8, KCAP and Albert Spear & Partners were among seven practices initially selected for the first stage of the contest which called for a ‘comprehensive strategy’ for Tirana’s waterways and the major boulevard before a shortlist of just two was announced last month.
The project has been hailed by Tirana’s mayor Lulzim Basha as the ‘most important in the city for 80 years’ and will extend the capital’s main 1930s street by 3km and its riverside park by almost 7km.
Grimshaw proposed a ‘robust sequence of public spaces threaded along the boulevard that responded geometrically to existing patterns of land ownership’.
According to the practice, its scheme features a series of outdoor ‘living rooms’, each with a different use and character described as a ‘symphony of squares’.
Although the complete masterplan area will take years to develop, the Basha wants to build the boulevard and its ‘living rooms’ as quickly as possible to act as the backbone for future development.