The international architecture firm Mario Cucinella Architects, with its focus on research and sustainability, presents its latest project in the center of Tirana, Albania.
The Ekspozita Building will be an impressive building containing shops, residences and public facilities, with a height of 93 meters.
Its unusual form sinuous, dynamic form generates a green area that ‘embraces’ the internal public space. The presence of plants on the residential terraces conveys the sensation of a green oasis, while balconies facing inward create a sense of protection from the frenzy of the city.
With the ground seam rotated with respect to the form of the lot, the design of the Ekspozita Building makes it possible to have no closed fronts, instead creating various passages that widen to improve circulation. The main opening connects the courtyard to the south to Blvd. Gergi Fishta, one of the main tree-lined streets in Tirana. Together with the setback of the ground floor, this allows the building to make the urban frontage ‘breathe,’ unlike the existing buildings that are arranged in terms of density, making them mostly impermeable.
Inspired by the skyline of the Balkan Mountains, and particularly Mt. Dajti, the building has 24 floors and reaches its maximum height towards the back. The architectural geometry makes the complex occupy just 44% of the lot.
The design pays close attention to the climate of Tirana, a humid temperate zone where temperatures reach peaks of 30°C in the summer. The architecture screens sunlight to reduce heat accumulation to a minimum, in spite of the large windows. The large terraces of the apartments function as passive solar regulators.
The design team of Studio Mario Cucinella Architects has calculated that the implementation of these strategies will lead to a 30% reduction of energy consumption with respect to other comparable buildings.
The worksite begins in 2020, with completion slated for 2023.