The project is located in the western outskirts of Tirana, an area under heavy development in the recent years due to its prime location close to the main entrance corridor to Albanias capital. With a total of approx. 400.000 sqm built floor area it will house about 7.000 inhabitants. It stretches between two large parks, whose conceptual design was also part of the competition brief: Runway Park, the 1,1km long former landing strip, and Lana Park, an extension of the city's main green axis. The design proposes an urban layout that forms a hinge between these two parks, makes them accessible and connects them while strengthening the distinctively different character of both. The urban structure is a combination of three typologies, offering a broad variation of lifestyles opposed to the prevalent development paradigm of 9 floor broken perimeter blocks in Tirana.
Invited competition (2008), 1st prize
Harm Timmermans (Shift)
Ulrike Centmayer (Landscape)