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Old Posted Jan 14, 2006, 2:33 AM
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Tirana - Albania Development

Nearly 1 million people live in Tirana today, and just 15 years ago there were nearly 300.000. The city expanded so much that the urban master plan of 1989 was useless. The city fell into a chaotic development that venquished all that was beautiful about it. Almost all public places, like parks for example, were occupied by shops and clubs, while along the Lana river contruction of all kinds were raisen. It took a politician with broad vision and a lot of political courage to return the city to an acceptable condition. Right now the city is developing through segmentary urban plans. The most important is the regulatory plan for the city, which is being carried out by the municipality. This plan is estimated at 180 million $. It has 4 main sections:

1- Rehabilitation of all roads and restoration of green spaces within neighbourhouds. This includes primary, secondary and terciary roads. This example from a part of "Artan Lenja" block, in the suburbs, gives clear idea of what this part of the regulatory plan is about:

This is a section of the Artan Lenja block before the intervention of the regulatory plan:

This is what the space management will be after the works in this area are over:

2- The second section of the regulatory plan involves the lengthining of the main boulevard "Deshmoret e Kombit" with 2km, thus doubling its size. The current boulevard links Mother Teresa square with the train station. The last extremity will move into the Tirana river. Tirana river on the other hand will have a concrete profile similiar to the one Lana river has. The image below shows the extension of the boulevard. Green is the actual boulevard, while in red the new section the will be constructed is shown. The new extension goes through a low developed area, and it is thought that this move will bring more constructers to build commercial and service centers there.

3- The third section is about the construction of the big outer city ring, linking Tirana-Durres highway, with the Tirana-Elbasan highway which will be constructed soon by private investors. This is supposed to reduce traffic within the city itself. Other rings will be constructed, but this is the most important one.

4- The third section involves the construction of two tram routes. The first going through the main boulevard and the second following the Lana and Tirana rivers perimeter as shown on the map. Red is route one and yellow is route 2.

The second most important development is the City Center Master Plan designed by Architecture Studio, which addresses mainly areas around the main boulevard.

Western and Southern City Ring (WR, SR) and the Tirana-Elbasan Highway (TREL).

Western Ring

WR is 6-6,5km long and links the Kamza Turn (Tirana-Durres HW entryway from Tirana), which is the access point of all vehicles coming from the north to the capital and many transit through the capital to south eastern destinations.

Southern Ring

SR is 7,5km long. It links Vaqarr, southern extremity of WR, with Farka Bridge, the entryway to Tirana-Elbasa HW (TREL). This is meant to move all in city transits to south eastern Albania, outside the city.

Tirana-Elbasan Highway

TREL is 35,2-35,8 km long. It is built through a rural area. 65% of expropriations are public (state) property. 35% of expropriations involve private land. Expropriations are however minimal. TREL is shorter then the current Tirana-Elbasan road, and has a a track speed at least 3 times faster.

A segment of TREL in perspective view shows how TREL relates to geographical features along its trace:

Finished Projects

1. QTU - Qendra Tregtare Univers, a shopping mall located 8 km outside of Tirana.

2. Mount Dajti Ropeways - Mount Dajti Ropeway Project linking Dajti Mountain with Downtown Tirana

3. Apartment Building

4. 11 million dollar aluminum factory

5. Tirana Prosecutor Building

6. Zogu 1 Boulevard renovated

7. A new BMW shop

8. New Porsche and Audi Store.

9. Reconstruction of 75 percent of streets in Tirane

Deshmorit Road

10. Zayed Business Center

11. Mother Theresa Hospital Reconstruction

12. Sheshi Wilson

13. ETC:

14. Twin Towers:

15. Sheraton Hotel:

16. Sky Tower:

17. Ministry of Justice and the Supreme Council of Justice:

18. New Office Building Constructed:

19. New residential campus

20. Tile Factory

21. Oil Factory

22. New high-rise near Wilson Square

23. mid-rise residential complex

24. Another mid-rise residential

25. Mid-rise

Projects Under Construction

1. Rinas Airport - An all glass world class mid-size terminal being constructed by German company Hochtief

2. The French master plan

3. Skenderbeg square

4. Avni Rustemi square

5. The Train Station

6. West part of Unaza Re

7. Selita neighborhood

8. Elbasani Street

9. Muhamet Gjollesha Street

10. Laparka Neighborhood in the suburbs of Tirana

11. Don Bosco Street

12.Eyes of Tirana - 25 level building in the shape of a tulip complimented by 2 smaller buildings of the same structure

13.TID Tower (Tirana International Developing) - 25 level contemporary modern building

14. Archea Tower

15.Bussiness Center - A modern contemporary building complex being constructed in Toptani st. Project was designed by Dutch architectural firm MVRDV

16. Tirana Grand Park - A master plan just put into place for Tirana's Grand Park will eliminate illegal construction activities and will organize and modernize the park to EU standards

17. Deshmoret e Kombit Boulevard - Tirana's main Boulevard is undergoing a major renovation

18. Business Complex - A new business complex to replace old Cinema Millennium in Kavaja st. next to Turkish embassy

19. Kamza Regency Plaza & Residence - An enormous shopping and leisure complex, which will occupy 30,000 sq meters will be the largest center of its kind in Albania, bringing a new approach to shopping habits and leisure activities of the local population. The Plaza will be a combination of a fully facilitated mega shopping mall with a down scale covered market area and supported by onsite leisure facilities.

20. New high-rise - A 23 level high-rise being constructed close to Palace of Congresses

21. Modern Theater - Piramida also known as International Center of Culture will be turned into a Modern theater, project has been approved and construction of the interior will start soon

22. Parliament Museum - The New Parlament Museum will be identical to the one from 1921 designed by austrians

23. National Theater - National Theater is undergoing a major renovation

24. Casino - A major casino to be built by parku Rinia. Construction starts later this year.

25. New Apartment Building

26. Apartment Complexes

27. Rehabilitation of Park by the Lake of Tirane. Construction has already started.

28. Construction of new Apartment Block

29. New Orthodox Church in Tirana

30. Tirana International Hotel renovation

31. Polychromink Tower

32. Kompleksi Goldi

33. Urban Villa

34. Entertainment Center

35. Crazy Windows building

36.Villa Antonella - The 18th of March was site-permission granted by the municipality for this residential and commercial building in the center of Tirana.

37. Apartment Construction by Lana

38. Boardwalk on Main Boulevard is under renovation

39. Two new lowerises under-construction at Kavajes Street.

40. Gas Station - A large dome covers the filling area, creating a shaded space with quasi-religious aspirations. The dome is a brick construction resting on three points. One of these points is the corner of the shop and back office: a straightforward glass and concrete box. The two other points are part of the large T: one sits on the leg of the T, the other hovers in the air, suspended by a cable hanging from the largest branch.

41. Office and Retail

42. New 9 level residential/comercial complex in Tirana

43. New housing blocks in Tirana

44. Gas Station

45. Ford Showroom

46. Apartment complexes

47. Condor Building it made of four buildings with a shared base of 9 floors each. First 3 floors are intended for shops.

48. Another building, on the other side of the road from Condor, has finished construction:

49. "Baja Building" is also on the final construction stages and is one of the most beautiful buildings in the area:

50. These tow other buildings are also concluding counstruction works:

This is a view over the sidewalk there:

51. This is a project u/c near location of Condor and Baja:

52. Sirius sh.p.k:

53. Unknown name but is similar to villa antonella

54. Also unknown name

55. New constructions entering Tirana


... when finished:


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59. Residential/retail complex.

60. Mid-rises

61. 12-storey residential

62. Massive complex in "Rruga e Barrikadave"

... when finished:

63. Another mid-rise in the same street as project above

... when finished

64. Small-rise

... when finished:

65. Another mid-rise

66. Small-rise residential

67. Modern mid-rise

... when finished:

68. Small-rise residential

... when finished

69. mid-rise

... when complete

70. mid-rise

... when finished:

71. mid-rise apartment complex

72. small-rise

.... when finished

73. Small-rise

74. Mid-rise

75. Small-rise

... when finished:

76. A new project by the lake area:

.... when finished:

Projects Under Study

1.Sub-Urban Complex - Four buildings of 18 floors each to be constructed in one of the informal suburban areas of Tirana. The development of the area is a joint effort of the City Hall, Lura sh.p.k and ARC. Firenze.

2.The wellness recreation center proposed for Tirane. If built it will be the tallest structure in the Balkans. Four towers will be built by the famous company Mabetex.

3. A proposal for the parliament building in Albania.

4. A trade center in Kavaje St.

5. Urban Rail Project

6. Regulatory plan projects

7. Cultural Center

8. Noka Bllok - The basic concept for the NOKA BLLOK is to collect strong individual buildings into one continuous block. Each building can host a specific program. Our proposal is based on a central core building (offices) surrounded by smaller perimeter buildings (housing/offices). The shopping activity will benefit from the 5 differentiated public areas surrounding the ground floor. These small gardens/plazas can act as exterior extensions of the commercial program.

9. Tirana Catholic University - A proposal for Tirana Catholic University

10. New Hospital Center in Tirane

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Old Posted Jan 14, 2006, 3:01 AM
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Nice to see! I've always rooted for Albania.
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Old Posted Jan 14, 2006, 5:16 AM
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Impressive plans, especially with parks and rail infrastructure. Good luck.
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Old Posted Jan 14, 2006, 5:29 AM
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Wow!!! Great stuff.

Do you think you could make a photo-thread about this city in City Photos? Cause I'd love to see what this place looks like now.
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Old Posted Jan 14, 2006, 3:17 PM
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the cities first master plan had been chosen which dealt with the core of the city. this is what you see as the "French Master Plan". Inside the french masterplan we have 20 towers of equal heights being built. 10 in the skenderbeu square which is the cities main square and anther 10 in the future renovated area of the main train station. They will all be about 85 meters/260 feet. The plan also calls for the construction of 4 tram lines to deal with rising demand for public transportation.

The second master plan will be chosen from a competition being held in spring. This second plan will deal with the urbanization outside the core and the subrubs of Tirana. Alot of investors are hoping this second plan will allow for a skyscraper district because currently there is a height limit on everything inside the city center. nothing above 85 meters/260 feet. Investors were shot down with the choosing of the french masterplan because it would not allow them to build anything tall which they wanted. One of our domestic investors wanted to build a 56 floor business center in 2002 but the plan didnt allow it.

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Old Posted Jan 14, 2006, 6:04 PM
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^ welcome to the forum Dardani. i've been admiring Tirana for quite some time now. Edi Rama, Tirana's mayor, seems to be the driving force is a lot of the cities revitalization endeavors. Albania has a very negative stereotype, when compared with the rest of Europe. what is going on in Tirana is amazing and i hope to see it continue.
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very cool thread Dardani! I will be looking forward to visiting this thread a lot from now to see more updates hopefully.
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Old Posted Jan 14, 2006, 6:58 PM
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added these three renderings of what what skenderbeu square will look like, what the river lana will turn into and the university square will become.

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Looks like plenty of good and bad projects planned.... Interesting.
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Old Posted Jan 14, 2006, 10:33 PM
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^Whatever they are, just add to the pile another place where high-rises are seemingly rising from nowhere. If anything, the trend is accelerating, in every type of city, in almost every region of the world. There's even a 9-story midrise proposed for some place in Greenland. Quite amazing.
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Old Posted Jan 15, 2006, 5:19 PM
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New Hospital Center in Tirane

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Old Posted Jan 18, 2006, 8:52 PM
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added this:

Two new lowerises under-construction at Kavajes Street.

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Interesting. We never hear much about Albania or its capital city.
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Old Posted Jan 19, 2006, 12:21 AM
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this is only our capital. i might make threads about other cities and such later on.
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Old Posted Feb 9, 2006, 12:01 AM
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some good news. i read an article earlier today about a urbanization plan.

"Urban and enviromental study of Selitë, Sauk, Farkë, Lundë, Mullet e Petrelë (areas around Tirana) " (Total area of 3700ha (37km²) )

- A new domestic airport for Tirana to serve general aviation traffic.

- A golf course.

- The land used for construction will be 10-20%, leaving a lot of the green spaces.

- The residential buildings will include:

1) Construction of social buildings (4-5 floors) , with low-cost appartments to address housing problems for new families. The area used for this purpose will be 100ha (1 km²).

2) Construction of residential area with villas of 2-3 floors. The area used for this purpose will be 15ha (150.000m²)

- The land will be used as below:

1) Residential purposes: 1750ha (17,5 km²)

2) Social and recreational purposes: 440ha (4,4km²)

3) Streets, sidewalks, parking lots: 370ha (3,7km²)

4) New vegetation, a new zoo and botanic garden, as well sport facilities: 580ha (5,8km²)

5) Industrial and agricultural production facilities: 160ha (1,6km²)

6) Lakes, water basins and rivers: 400ha (4km²).

7) Business Centers

8) A University Center

This is the area it's going to be built around:

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some really great designs and plans...
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to make it clear this image was provided by Bjoern Andersen (thanks man), visit his website for more information: http://bjoerna.dk
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Glad to see Albania under development, but that Orthodox Church does look more like an enterntainment center than a religious house.
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some additions:


Twin Towers:

Sheraton Hotel:

Sky Tower:

Ministry of Justice and the Supreme Council of Justice:

New Office Building Constructed:

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It seems as though each piece of modern architecture is countered by some frightful wreck of a building.

But on the whole, it looks great. I dont' know the first thing about Tirana, but it looks like a beautiful city.
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