Tirana Pyramid

MVRDV revealed initial design for Tirana Pyramid in the presence of Prime Minister Edi Rama, Mayor Erion Veliaj, The Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF), members of the Municipality of Tirana and public. The 11,800m2 former communist monument is set to revitalise and transform the Pyramid of Tirana into a large multifunctional technology education centre for young people. The project will be completed in June 2019.

Facts

Location: Tirana, Albania

Year: 2018+

Client: Municipality of Tirana

Program: an 11,800m2 educational facility for youths

Budget: Undisclosed

 

About

Situated in the centre of Tirana, the former Enver Hoxha Museum designed in the 1980s by a group of architects including the then president’s daughter Pranvera Hoxha and her husband Klement Kolneci. Throughout the years it has also served as a temporary base for NATO during the War in Kosovo, a nightclub and as an event space. In recent years there were plans to transform the structure into a national theatre. These plans never materialized meaning the building has been left to decay for more than a decade.

 

The pyramid has a unique silhouette and a strong presence in the urban environment. It never left the public attention and was a centre point in numerous protest and a background for demonstrations. Despite the generous use of glass on its façade the building appears to be hermetically sealed and inaccessible. The attempt to transform the interior clogged the atrium and created even more obstacles for one to experience the space.

 

The project aims to give the building back to the public. By opening the ground floor from all sides the structure becomes transparent. By making the façade roof accessible and scalable a new perspective to the city appears and by flooding the interior of the space with green the object becomes one with its surroundings.

Credits

Architect: MVRDV

Principal-in-charge: Winy Maas

Design Team: Stefan de Koning and Ronald Hoogeveen with Boris Tikvarski, Stavros Gargaretas, Leo Stuckardt and Guido Boeters

Copyright: MVRDV 2018 – (Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries)  

Partners 

Youth centre management: TUMO

Images: MVRDV, Gent Onuzi

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