Architecture and Feelings

Article: “Architecture and Feelings” – for Star People magazine
Author: Architect Junilda Karanxha

Adventurous architecture - Singapore Airport, Moshe Safdie

The title of this article is not a coincidence, as we are in the month of the feelings!

I would like to take advantage of and bring in a different form of interpretation of architecture, as dynamic and pleasant as I think.

Why is human emotion a crucial factor when designing architecture?

By generating emotion, architecture reaches almost poetic levels of perception, that is, when it creates an emotional connection with the individual, the message conveyed is deeper experienced and lasts in time!

“Honest” or brutalist architecture - Valley of Heroes - Miodrag Zivkovic's monument

Let’s just think a little …

People do not read poetry, see theater plays or visit museums every day of their lives, but they experience architecture at every moment of their lives! Probably not in an observational way, but unconsciously yes!

Emotions either positive or less are generated in a very natural way… let’s say, architecture is under the pressure of human emotion all the time!

Peaceful architecture - Secular Retreat, Peter Zumthor

But let’s not forget that those who do architecture, from its creators who sculpted it to the freshman students, have the same sensitivity and experience, and here come into play the duties, the professional ambition, the personal sensitivity of a number of other factors which are the fuel of the creativity machine!

Architecture has the sublime duty that through forms and volumes, it creates to generate emotions in real time, inevitably, in everyone!

Powrful architecture - Port House, Zaha Hadid Architects

That being said, I have attempted to categorize architecture precisely in this sensitive perspective, to give it the color and form of the emotions.

– Adventurous Architecture

– “Honest” or brutalist architecture

– Peaceful architecture

– Powerful architecture

– Playful architecture

Arkitektura lozonjare - LEGO House by BIG



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Park of Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs
Business Park, Public garden
Studio Bellesi Giuntoli – Urban and Landscape design
Silvia Bellesi, Alberto Giuntoli
Tbilisi, Georgia
45000 m2

Sergo Buiglishvili
EuroPlant Georgia, LTD

This design started from the analysis of “genius loci”, the stylistic demands of the client and from the aspiration to have a strong and a direct relationship with the significant architectural context. The researched design is seen through different types of wide open spaces, each with its own functionality; based on our experience and knowledge on botanical material.

The paths, seats and urban furniture have been designed with great accuracy of details, while the scalar blooming of the vegetation adds versatility to the park during all year long. As the ‘MIA’ Garden Project fits in a remarkable architectural context – designed by aMDL Architetto Michele De Lucchi Srl – Michele de Lucchi, Freyrie & Pestalozza Architetti Associati – it has become a new icon in the city of Tbilisi, Georgia.

The landscape design establishes a dialogue with this way of thinking about urban space, integrating the volume of the building with the surrounding environment using a 3-dimensional approach, similar to architecture also in the design of greenery.

Small green spaces, designed differently from each other, each with its own nature and function, and the design of paths and urban furniture contribute to the attention to detail that is the essence of the project. Particular attention has been dedicated to the flowering times of the plants, in order to guarantee the park high versatility during the seasons.

about Studio Bellesi Giuntoli

Studio Bellesi Giuntoli is a landscape architecture and garden design studio founded by Silvia Bellesi and Alberto Giuntoli. Our multidisciplinary team enumerates different professionals who are able to answer to a all the requests by private and public clients in terms of aesthetics, functionality and ecology. Our vision developed from the thousands of gardens and parks which distinguish Italy’s history, reinterpreted in a contemporary and international way to meet today’s needs in terms of functionality and economic and environmental sustainability. The in-depth knowledge of the technical and aesthetic tools necessary to create and connote a landscape guarantees uniqueness and personality to each project.


Peter Zumthor (born 26 April 1943) is a Swiss architect whose work is frequently described as uncompromising and minimalist. He founded his own firm Peter Zumthor & Partner in 1979. Though managing a relatively small firm, he is the winner of the 2009 Pritzker Prize and 2013 RIBA Royal Gold Medal. His practice grew quickly and he accepted more international projects. Zumthor has taught at Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles (1988), the Technical University of Munich (1989), Tulane University (1992), and the Harvard Graduate School of Design (1999). Since 1996, he is professor at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio. Below we present you some of his best work.

Saint Benedict Chapel , 1988

The modest, human-scaled exterior of the chapel encapsulates the beauty and simplicity of Zumthor’s works, while the interior showcases his unparalleled craftsmanship. The chapel was constructed in the small village of Sumvitg, Switzerland following a 1984 avalanche that destroyed the baroque-style chapel of the village. The hillside site for the new chapel, which provides breathtaking mountainous views, is protected from future avalanches by a surrounding forest.

Therme Vals, 1996

Peter Zumthor was selected as the architect for the spa, despite his limited track record at the time. The facility was built between 1993-1996. The baths were designed to look as if they pre-dated the hotel complex, as if they were a form of cave or quarry-like structure. This is particularly evident from observing the grass roof structure of the baths, which resemble the foundations of an archaeological site, and reveal the form of the various bath rooms which lie below, half buried into the hill-side.

Kolumba Museum, 2007

Zumthor, consistently mindful of the use of the materials, and specifically their construction details, has used grey brick to unite the destroyed fragments of the site.   These fragments include the remaining pieces of the Gothic church, stone ruins from the Roman and medieval periods, and German architect Gottfried Böhm’s 1950 chapel for the “Madonna of the Ruins.” The facade of grey brick integrates the remnants of the church’s facade into a new face for the contemporary museum. Articulated with perforations, the brick work allows diffused light to fill specific spaces of the museum.  As the seasons change, the”mottled light shifts and plays across the ruins,” creating a peaceful ever-changing environment.

Bruder Klaus Field Chapel, 2007

In order to design buildings with a sensuous connection to life , one must think in a way that goes far beyond form and construction. This concept rings true in the design of Peter Zumthor to the Bruder Klaus Field Chapel, where a mystical and intimate interior that invites reflection, is masked by a very rigid rectangular outer . Very somber and reflective feelings that become inevitable in one’s encounter with the chapel make it one of the most remarkable pieces of religious architecture to date.

The Leis Houses (Zumthor Vacation Homes), 2009

Peter Zumthor has built three timber houses, the Oberhus, the Unterhus and  the Türmlihus, for himself and his wife Annalisa in the hamlet of Leis. He has extended the traditional Strickbau (literally “knitted construction”) building technique to include new design principles that allowed the installation of large picture windows. Stretching from floor to ceiling, they frame the landscape that resembles wall paintings inside the houses.

Steilneset Memorial, 2011

In collaboration with Louise Bourgeois

Zumthor simply describes his collaboration with Bourgeois in an interview with ArtInfo as the following, “I had my idea, I sent it to her, she liked it, and she came up with her idea, reacted to my idea, then I offered to abandon my idea and to do only hers, and she said, ‘No, please stay.’ So, the result is really about two things — there is a line, which is mine, and a dot, which is hers… Louise’s installation is more about the burning and the aggression, and my installation is more about the life and the emotions .”

Secular Retreat, 2018

The house is situated on a South Devon hilltop, England, one mile from the coast above the small Hamlet of Chivelstone. The dramatic layered-concrete and glass design sits horizontally on the site, framing stunning views across the landscape in all directions, where no trace of another building interrupts the lines of the rolling hills. Hand-rammed concrete forms both the interior and exterior spaces, to give the building a mass and scale characteristic of Zumthor’s work.

Peaceful architecture - Secular Retreat, Peter Zumthor


“Prishtina PARK-ing” – archiEDU

Last week, on February 13 in Skopje, 2 days after SHARE Tirana 2020, was held the international architecture and construction forum “SHARE Skopje 2020”, where was awarded the prize for unfinished projects “Future Projects Awards 2020”, to the winner “archiEDU” studio. This was the only architecture studio from Kosovo to be selected with two projects among the other candidates, which were presented to an international jury. “ArchiEDU” managed to grab the first prize of the SHARE Future Projects Awards Skopje 2020, with the “Prishtina PARK-ing” project.

The PRISHTINA PARK-ing project is a park and an underground parking lot in the center of Prishtina, Kosovo, on George Bush Street, in the space between the Faculty of Philology and the Cathedral.

The design approach and the main purpose of the project, is to create a quality public space, which contains a range of activities and functions for all visitors of all ages from 0 – 65+.

During the design, special attention was paid to the interconnection of the park with the underground parking, giving the parking additional attributes and unusual aspects of experience – thus incorporating greenery inside parking, allowing natural lighting and ventilation to penetrate up to the bottom floor of the parking lot, consequently making these spaces much more sustainable and qualitative – beyond the primary function of the underground parking for vehicles.


Calipso Artemide

The unique honeycomb grill of Calipso was generated by feeding a photo of the moon into an image-based algorithm found on a seemingly extinct computer. The resulting fractal shape, an impure geometry that displays the irregular beauty of nature, is built from an organic honeycomb of different diameter tubes, seemingly arranged in a random geometry.

This honeycomb characterizes the lamp both aesthetically and optically, providing an even and comfortable light emission.  A product positioned perfectly half-way between home and professional use, Calipso is suited to a variety of applications – expressing Artemide’s traditional approach to deliver high performance lighting with a unique and emotional expressiveness.


Villa Fortuzi – The Albanian House

The Albanian House is a platform that consists in the documentation (descriptive, visual and geographical) of the most representative and characteristic houses of the main Albanian cities and villages. It represents research on the main architectural features of these dwellings, their history, the changes they’ve gone through, over the years and their current state. In this blog we bring you some information about one of these houses: Villa Fortuzi.

Villa ‘Fortuzi’ was built from Omer Fortuzi, it is believed around 1920. He used to be one of the first Albanian engineers and a member of one of the biggest and most important families in the city. Being once the mayor of Tirana( from 1940-1943), while he had this position he always tried to implement as many Italian projects as he could.

The architecture of this villa is a confirmation of this intent too. It represents a very unique villa typology, with a very different architecture, compared to what was usually realized at the time, three-storey house designed with organic curves in all of its floors and very visible in its overall characteristic volumetry.

It has an ‘L’ shape ground-floor blueprint, with two different entrances both accessing on abundant gardens. The main entrance door is very monumental with symmetric organic volumes. The organic lines follow also the way the terrace’s metallic handrailing was designed and implemented. Its focal point is the entrance that representing the main symmetry ax of the building, is composed of three, 2 storey high, rectangular columns. The ground floor facade, the three entrance columns and the surrounding walls are covered with red brick tiles an element that links the entire composition of this villa.


A Pier In The Lake – 360 Pier

Competition: A Pier In The Lake – Tirana Design Week Competition
Location: Tirana, Albania
Winning Competition Submission:  360 Pier
Architect: Createur Studio
Prize: 2nd place

Createur Studio had managed to capture its audience in this competition with its outstanding design of the “360 Pier”. Since its initially supposed to blend in with the landmark, the outline of the pier looks very well thought-through and promising. The winning 400€ were indeed very well-deserved!

From the architects: During this year’s Tirana Design Week, we decided to take part in the international competition “A Pier In The Lake”. The competition aimed to gather speculative design proposals that could propose new visions, and synergic acts, to defend the future of this by now non-normative (as sometimes its perceived) actor of Tirana’s urban-scape. We were engaged to imagine a new Pier in the Farka Lake and so we proposed “Pier 360”.

360 Pier resembles a cycle of purification. A process which has rhythmic interactions of water and land through different ambient settings as the steps to a mental and physical purifying experience. The circle is the universal symbol of totality, wholeness and infinite. It is an inviting form that contrasts with all the irregular natural shapes of the landscape.

360 Pier creates an experimental promenade around Farka Lake that connects different parks through an uninterrupted pathway. We are honored to have been awarded the 2nd place prize for our concept. Our team gained a great experience, knowledge and had fun during the process.

SHARE Future Projects Awards – Shortlist candidates

 “SHARE Future Projects Awards” were created to bring forward and promote the accomplishments in the field of constructions in Central and Eastern Europe.  During the Share Tirana event which took place on Tuesday, besided the very inspiring speakers, we had the chance to see the presantions of the shortlisted projects.

Here you will find a short description and information about all the presented projects and the winner in two categories : residence and services.


Amber Hotel – Atria Studio

The wining project of the SHARE FUTURE AWARD

Amber Hotel was a very interesting and challenging project. An existing concrete structure builtin 2004 had to be transformed in a more than forty rooms hotel; it has a perfect and easy to reach whereabouts. The concept of the façade derives from its location, inspired by the sea waves and their specific and calming sound. The plan layout was conditioned not only by the existing pillars and beams but also from the Client’s demand on having more than forty rooms as well. Besides rearrangement of the existing structure, a new lateral extension added. The old and the new part work as a whole, with no functional or esthetic difference between them

Dhermi Plaza Hotel – CITYFÖRSTER architecture + urbanism, BOOM Landscape

Dhermi Plaza Hotel is a 5-star hotel along Dhermi’s promenade. Its elongated volume is situated between the beach to the south and the mountains to the north, and it is characterized by a dynamic facade. The shading system is composed by double-facing sliding shutters. This creates a sense of movement, and reveals the life inside the building. The hotel hosts different functions, such as the restaurant, beauty salon, and spa on the underground level, which is connected directly with the beach; 5 shops, a pool bar, a swimming pool, a bar and the lobby on the ground floor level; and an array of variously sized rooms on the first, second and third floor. Whereas, the roof floor is designed as an active neighborhood or village, with various leisure services.

Embassy Residences – CITYFÖRSTER architecture + urbanism, studio arch4, Arkon Studio

Mention winner, residential category

Embassy residences aims to provide high-quality, family-friendly and low energy housing units in the City Centre of Tirana, one of the fastest-growing cities in Europe. On top of a commercial plinth and two parking levels rises a series of stacked villas, connected by a semi-public stair. This serves as an alternative circulation and additional, shared outside space to the apartments. The stair creates shortcuts between the apartments and a safe place for children to play and meet.

Raiffeisen Bank Headquarters – DEA Studio

Special winner, in appreciation for the sustainable design and architectural merit of the project.

Raiffeisen Bank building will represent the company headquarters in Albania. The building is located right in an important road and node of Tirana street “Bajram Curri”, along Lana River and in the intersection node with “Ali Demi” street. The interpretation of the building in the urban context is a textured volume in a regular net modular and structural system. The repetition is broken by different voids functionally interpreted for employers relax open space for each floor. The design dissolves the mass of the building quite in the geometrical axis of the main impact façade, properly in correspondence with the building entrance. The mass is transformed and it gives the impression of two vice-versa communicative buildings instead of a steady volume in the urban context.

Bolv Hospitality Complex – DEA Studio

Transformation of the city transitway, “Durrësi” street, in a permanent invitation through an apparent urban gate is the target/challenge of the project. The gate is modeled/abstracted in between two main functions of the program, hospitality and office building, both connected with a multifunctional bridge volume in their highest floors. The complex invitation card is designed to be more evident even through an urban bridge, which connects two street sides. TThe project tent to give the proper impulse of development in a newborn neighborhood.

Iliria Boutique Hotel, LOFT Architects

Iliria Boutique Hotel is a 4 floors building consisted by 18 rooms, a conference room, a restaurant called “Serafina” situated on the ground floor, a meeting room with offices on the first floor. This building has recently been renovated by LOFT Architects. The purpose was designing the interior by creating a tension between the rigidity of the object and the warmth of the pastel colors. In this hotel, we did create an individual “Palete” of warm colors as in the materials regarding the textures, by combining the natural light to a relaxing atmosphere.


Winner, residential category

The concept for the “ACROKERAUN” village is not merely architectural. The approach towards the natural, cultural, historical, but also the constructive context of the area represents the essence of the formula for guaranteeing the sustainability of the project and the success of this unique venture. The idea of the project re-interprets the theme of the local village, its unity, and functionalism, which has been confirmed for centuries.

MK | Hotel Tirana – SymbioticA Sh.p.k. & SymbioticA GmbH

Mention, service category

The “MK Hotel Tirana” will be the first internationally certified 5-star hotel built in Albania. The new master plan for the overall development area foresees the creation of a vast recreational Green Park surrounded by residential and business buildings. The “mk hotel tirana” is under construction, located on the very West of “Tirana Business and Residential Park” and will front the overall investment zone as a representative landmark visible from all main access routes. The volume of the hotel building dissolves into green terraces cascading into a private outdoor and garden space with a pool, barbeque and playground area.

Textile Showroom & Offices – Tharm Architects

The Textile Showroom & Offices located in Fushë-Krujë, Albania is a renovation project of an existing warehouse. This proposal aims to reshape the internal area into a welcoming workplace and develop a textile exhibition area. The areas are functionally separated by a wall through the entire warehouse.  The client wanted 2 new functions, keeping the storage area, even though there was a limited surface. So we utilize the height of the building by lifting up the structure used for the offices. Right in the center is the lobby, enabling us to perceive the ground floor in every direction. Structures similar to containers combined with the colorful display of textiles create a dynamic experience by bouncing from one space to another.


Swiss Line and SPA

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Swiss Line
Retail and Wellness
Tirane, Albania
250 m2
Eno Bajrami
Arch. Ilda Karanxha
Arch., Matilda Pando
Arch. Eni Konomi
Arch. Bruno Rama

Being an architect but also a woman, I felt at the same time responsibility and immense pleasure to realize  the design of this luxurious facial treatment and wellness SPA.
Evoking directly the Alps of Switzerland, the Swiss Line products are one of the best in the market!
And that was it!
Bringing the best of Switzerland by realizing meanwhile the proper design for these luxurious products…that was the goal!

This project comes as a fine and elegant merging of two important functions, retail and  Facial treatment & Wellness SPA!

Entering the space  we face with the retail area, illuminated by a soft led light which carefully  highlights the Swiss line products. Adjacent to the retail, waiting area follows, designed with modern and elegant furniture, and than there is  the reception, emphasized by a white personalized wall installation resembling the Swiss ALPES.

The design overall is a combination of modern and luxurious elements and details sleeping in a bed of very accurate classic style used in the walls and ceiling,..and all of these link together by a beautiful ivory colour used almost all over the SPA.
This gives a sense of freshness, youth, calmness and wellbeing overall!

The whole project has minimal but subtle shapes of classics, from the rhythmic and symmetrical repetition of  product’s showcases, to the modified Swiss flag shape cornices, visible only under the presence of light, found on the furnitures, as a decor into the massage rooms  and as a patern of the decorated ceiling in the retail area.

Metal, copper, stands out as the element that intervenes throughout the spaces to strengthen the composition of a contemporary design.

5 Buildings designed in the name of love

What would you do for love? Some might suggest a bouquet of roses or a strand of pearls. Not these architecture-loving romantics, who went above and beyond to make their sweethearts swoon, building extravagant mansions from Malaysia to Albania in the ultimate grand gesture. Designed as symbols of undying commitment, these impressive estates around the world hold exceptionally romantic histories.

Swallow’s Nest Castle, Crimean Peninsula

Porto Palermo Castle

The Porto Palermo castle, or as it is known as the Castle of Vasiliqia, is located in the bay with the same name on the coast of the Ionian Sea in southern Albania, on an island about 30 m away from the coast. The casle of Porto Palermo is one of Ali Pasha Tepelena’s many palaces, which he gave as a gift to one of his wives, Vasiliqia, whom, according to chroniclers of the time, the Pasha of Ioannina was very fond of. Although said to have been built as a gift, by the sea, for Pasha’s wife Vasiliqia, the triangular castle is dated to be older than Ali Pashaj, which he restored it in the name of love.

Porto Palermo Castle, Albania

Swallow’s Nest Castle

A neo-Gothic fortress, Swallow’s Nest Castle sits 130 feet above the waters of the Black Sea. Little is known about the history of the castle, which was built by a German noble in 1912. According to local legend, he visited the plot of land on his honeymoon, which was then occupied by a small wood home, and decided it would be better suited for a romantic castle to be used as the couple’s personal retreat. The sturdy structure has gracefully withstood the elements, including an earthquake in 1927.

Swallow’s Nest Castle, Crimean Peninsula

Boldt Castle

Boldt Castle, located on Heart Island in upstate New York, was commissioned in 1900 by George C. Boldt, a wealthy hotelier who built the residence as a symbol of his overwhelming love for his wife, Louise. Just four years after construction began, Louise suddenly died. Heartbroken, Boldt halted work on the castle and never returned to the island. The magnificent structure fell into ruin until 1977, when the property was acquired by the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority, which restored the castle inside and out.

Boldt Castle, New York

Taj Mahal

During his 30-year reign over India, Emperor Shah Jahan took many wives, but none was as adored as his third, Arjumand Banu Begum, commonly referred to as Mumtāz Mahal, “beloved ornament of the palace.” When she died in 1631, Jahan enlisted a board of architects to devise the Taj Mahal in her honor. The main complex was completed in 1648, and the surrounding buildings and gardens were finished five years later. The emperor spared no expense for the now iconic monument: More than 20,000 sculptors, calligraphers, and craftsmen were brought to the city of Agra to work on the marble-clad masterpiece.

Taj Mahal, India

Kellie’s Castle

This far-flung estate in Batu Gajah, Malaysia, was devised as a family home by Scottish-born William Kellie Smith for his wife, Agnes, and their young family. The pair married in the early 1900s and moved to Malaysia, where William owned a plantation, and built a small fortune. Legend has it that Agnes was unhappy with their small wood home; to please his pregnant wife, William decided to erect a hilltop castle, reminiscent of those found in their native country. When he died unexpectedly in 1926, plans for further construction came to a stop and Kellie’s Castle was abandoned.

Kellie’s Castle, Malaysia



Ignacio Vicens y Hualde is an architect by Madrid School of Architecture ETSAM since 1976. He is Chair Professor in Architectural Design at ETSAM since 1997, where he is also director of Cátedra Blanca CEMEX and the research group “Cultura del Habitat”. Vicens has an architecture studio, which he shares with his former student José Antonio Ramos since 1984.  His work, worldwide explained in many lectures, has also been widely published in architecture journals around the world and received many distinctions and awards. Besides combining education and professional exercise, he has ensured an active presence in the cultural world.

Single-Family Home in Las Encinas

Conceived as a “geode”, the massiveness it presents with its large blasted granite cladding contrasts with the glass, which appears as a “hole within a rock, covered by a generally crystallized substance”. Nevertheless, this “geode” is not natural. Instead, the hand of man intervenes in it, and leaves its mark with the vertical fissures found on the blasted granite…

Parish Church of Santa Monica

The generating idea of the project was that of situating, within the confusion of the surrounding urban environment, a building that would mark a milestone and become a continuos testimony to the spiritual function produced in its interior, and which must necessarily spread and manifest itself permanently to the nearby social and urban medium.

Ponferrada Church

The fundamental premise of the project has been the faithful implementation of all the functional and symbolic requirements demanded by the new provisions adopted by the liturgical reform. The chapel is presented as the protagonist of the set. It is located at the point of maximum visibility and accessibility, facing a Rose Garden.

Parish Church of Solace

This parish center is located on a corner plot in a residential area. The extended side is situated in front of a green zone and the lateral side faces residential buildings. The rest of the surroundings are still undeveloped. On the north side, the entire surface which coincides with the length of the structure is occupied by an English style garden at the height of the basement, to allow light and ventilation and give a courtyard that can be accessible by the public.

House of Pantano de San Juan

This is a weekend house, therefore it was asked of us to incorporate a controlled and manageable security system. In fact it is almost a concrete bunker, inaccessible and blinded from outsiders except the glass spaces which are high enough to pose no safety issues. In its exterior appearance the house is extraordinarily simple, it has a rectangular ground plan which gives natural solutions to the complexity of the program.

Integrated Social Services Center

The building is situated on the Rambla, with access from both lateral streets. It will be accompanied by a future theater and a library which has already been built. The area has been slowly consolidating with the construction of high-density social housing, giving it a very important sense of scale.

Faculty of social sciences in Pamplona

Although designed as a faculty of journalism, the new building should allow the use of classroom theory by students from other disciplines. Due to the location of the power within the university campus, the order included the initial design of a place of union of all buildings, and also envisaged the expansion of the library.

Tomorrow’s Education System – TES

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Tomorrow’s Education System (TES)
Atelier 4
Atelier 4
Tiranë, Shqipëri
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Tomorrow’s Education System – TES, një shkollë dhe qendër sociale-kulturore e re e ndërtuar në vitin 2019, ndodhet në një zonë të virgjër, pas ndërtesës së firmës “Coca Cola” dhe ngjitur me hekurudhën “Tiranë – Durrës”. Zona është përgjithësisht e qetë nga zhurmat e qytetit dhe të autostradës Tiranë –Durrës.

Projekti konsiston në ndarjen e shkollave sipas funksioneve, duke përcaktuar kështu dhe skemën e organizimit të lëvizjeve brenda dhe jashtë ndërtesave. Kjo është dhe arsyeja kryesore, që zgjidhja me oborre të brendshme, e pranuar nga të gjitha variantet e mundshme të përpunuara, krijon zona çlodhjeje dhe komunikimi ose nderprerje të të gjitha funksioneve të brendshme.

Gjatë trajtimit dhe interpretimit të kërkesave të detyrës së projektimit janë menduar dy hyrje kryesore:

  • drejt Korpusit Arsimor
  • drejt Qendrës Sociale-Kulturore

Të dyja ndërtesat janë menduar si të bashkëngjitura për të përfituar edhe nga ambjentet e përbashkëta shoqërore, por edhe për të kursyer hapësirën e nevojshme që zënë ndërtesat.

Kompleksi arsimor dhe qendra sociale janë ndërtesa që respektojnë detyrën e projektimit dhe funksionojnë mirë në vetvete. Ambjentet e klasave dhe të laboratorëve janë komode, me ngrohje dhe dritë të bollshme natyrale dhe artificiale, duke respektuar një plan organizimi optimal për lidhjen dhe funksionimin e ambjenteve.

Qendra Social-Kulturore plotësohet në të tre katet me ambjentet e kërkuara në detyrën e projektimit, duke përfshirë edhe shfrytëzimin e palestrës dhe ambjente të tjera nga shkolla për momentet e organizimit të aktiviteteve sociale dhe kulturore.

Oborret e brendshëm janë hapësira, që i japin frymë objektit, lejojnë kompozimin e blloqeve të veçanta, dhe ngopjen e ambjenteve me dritë. Ndërkaq është një hapësirë e mjaftueshme fizike për të zhvilluar aktivitete shoqërore.

Arkitektura e jashtme është e thjeshtë dhe i përmbahet krejtësisht karakterit të shkollave të sotme, të ndërtuara në rajon dhe Europë. Bie veçanërisht në sy ritmi i klasave, në të dy krahët e ndërtesës, që përmbajnë  klasa mësimi, vetratat e shkallëve dhe të palestrës, si edhe karakteri i shkallëve të emergjencës. Dallohen mjaft mirë hyrjet për në Korpusin Mësimor dhe Qendrën Sociale- Kulturore. Veçanërisht është insistuar në trajtimin dhe kombinimin e ambjenteve me destinacione të ndryshme, në një fasadë homogjene për shkollën dhe qendrën sociale.

Petraq Kolevica Omnia Award

Architect Petraq Kolevica  was born in Korça on January 11, 1934. After completing the elementary school and gymnasium in Korça, he continued his studies in civil engineering at the Polytechnic University of Tirana. Kolevica has played an important role in establishing the modern architecture in Albania, recognized by his appointment as the first Chairperson of the Albanian Association of Architects.

In 1957, after graduating from the University, he started working at the Institute of Construction and Design in Tirana, where he designed the apartment building near the former “Partizani” cinema.

Some of Kolevica’s projects that have left traces in the modern Albanian architecture and urban planning of the capital and other cities are: Residential Building behind the National Bank of Albania in Tirana, the Office and Residential Building near the Ministry of Justice, Residential Building near the former ‘Bllok’ in Tirana, Residential Building in the so -known Embassy Road, ’Skenderbej Street’; 7 floors residential Building in Korca (the first in the country at that time),  ‘Morava’ school in Korca etc.

The Korca Library is known for its modern style that has stood the test of time. Kolevica is co-author of the National Museum in Tirana and the former ‘Albania Today’, the biggest exhibition center in the country.

During his career he was regularly confronted with obstacles from the totalitarian system, until he was sent to the ‘Valias’ mine as a construction technician.

His life as an engineer and architect is summarized in his book ‘Architecture and Dictatorship’.

Kolevica has been interested in poetry and literature since his early youth. He is known as a translator of many world-famous poems, mainly from Russian and German. The poems created by him reflect his artistic spirit and the life under communism.


  1. Labour Order II, 1983
  2. Award of the Republic of Albania III, 1984
  3. ‘Great Master’ award by the President of Albania
  4. ‘Citizen of Honour’ of the city of Korca
  5. The Crown of Poetry, 2004
  6. ‘Great Master of Architecture’ by SHASH – 2019


Zaha Hadid Products Design

Known as an architect who consistently pushes the boundaries of architecture and urban design, Zaha Hadid work experiments with new spatial concepts intensifying existing urban landscapes and encompassing all fields of design, from the urban scale to interiors and furniture. Beyond architecture, she was an accomplished product designer, lending her sculptural aesthetic to objects ranging from furniture and fixtures to jewelry and shoes. Let’s take a look to unique product designs by Zaha Hadid.

Aqua Table Platter

Launched for 2014 Zaha Hadid Design collection, this table is inspired by the undulating wave of the London 2012 Olympic Aquatics Centre, the Aqua Platter conveys the fluid rhythms of water in motion.

Belu Bench

Commissioned for use in a seating area, Belu presents a single-celled body possessing the dynamic complex geometry of a fluid volume – intended for multi-functional use – as table counter, chair, container, etc.

Charlotte Olympia

Charlotte Olympia has collaborated with Zaha Hadid Design on two limited edition pieces in tribute to the late visionary Zaha Hadid, a platform wedge shoe and a clutch bag, both featuring fluid forms in Perspex with rose gold metal accents.

Cloud Kennel

The “Cloud” kennel was created for BowWow Haus London, a public exhibition in aid of Blue Cross for Pets. It is a cocoon-like kennel elevated slightly above the ground to protect dogs from cold floor surfaces, constructed in sustainably sourced plywood with a digital design and fabrication.

Flow pot sculpture

Looking as if they belong in the MoMA Sculpture Garden, these massive statement pieces are actually indoor/outdoor planters with fluid curves. The planters are rotationally molded linear low-density polyethylene that is 100-percent recyclable after use. The pieces are hand-lacquered in white or black.

Zephyr Sofa

Offered in a limited edition of only 12 pieces, Zephyr was unveiled at Salone 2013. The seemingly amorphous shapes of both the seats and backrests took inspiration from natural rock formations and erosion patterns. Hadid designed the units to be combined if desired to create larger islands or archipelagos of seating.

Avia and Aria

The sculptural form of this suspension light series is created with separate layers of Slamp’s proprietary materials: 52 layers of Opalflex techno-polymer for Avia and 50 layers of Cristalflex techno-polymer for Aria. Both feature multiple points of light to provide 360 degrees of illumination in dramatic fashion, as well as a downlight.

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Noctambule Flos

Noctambule by Flos: the night owl or reveller.

Mostly invisible during the day, but coming to glamorous activity at night-time. The analogy is fitting. The new collection of lamps by Konstantin Grcic is made of blown glass modules, which are see-through and therefore almost inexistent at day-time. But, when you switch them on in the dark, they transform into georgeous, illuminated lamps.

The cylindrical glass modules set the basic grammar of the collection. The single module is a lantern. Several modules stacked on top of each other create a light column, or suspended chandelier inside a stair well. Extra elements such a glass dome or cone shaped head allow for added performance such as a floorstanding uplighter and pendant.



Founding partner of the Archea firm, Marco Casamonti graduated with honours in 1990, winning a competition announced by the architecture faculty of Genoa the following year and receiving a study grant within the context of the PhD in architectural planning. In 1988 he founded the Archea firm together with Laura Andreini and Giovanni Polazzi. Various teams of designers work for the firm, which has branches in Florence, Rome, Milan and abroad in Dubai, Beijing and San Paolo; the total number of architects varies from 80 to 110 persons. The firms conducts planning and research activities in the fields of architecture, town planning, landscape design and industrial design; in the latter sector Casamonti acts as art director for some of the leading manufacturers of architecture and building components.

New National Stadium of Albania

A stadium proposed as a multifunctional building must be conceived as a mechanism capable of ‘working‘ perfectly, ensuring in every circumstance the total separation of flow and activity, so that the coexistence and simultaneity of events is always guaranteed and safe in every situation. Therefore, its layout plan must be clear, the accesses easily identifiable, outflows rapid and, therefore, entrances and exits must be well distributed and distinguishable from the entrances of the other private activities involved.

Antinori in the Chianti Classico

The site is surrounded by the unique hills of Chianti, covered with vineyards, half-way between Florence and Siena. The functional aspects have therefore become an essential part of a design itinerary which centres on the geo-morphological experimentation of a building understood as the most authentic expression of a desired symbiosis and merger between anthropic culture, the work of man, his work environment and the natural environment.

CDD Daily Center for Disability

The project area is a plot behind a nursery school, alongside an area which will become a public park, located in a disorganised residential area. The functional program, aimed at disabled persons, features primary and complementary activities  classrooms and workshops  conceived as the structures which are essential to the conduction of the socio-educational activities associated with the presence of disabled people.

Santo Stefano | Rehabilitation institute

The project for this building, intended for healthcare and social services, is called Hall F; it is the final piece to complete the historic complex of the Santo Stefano Institute of Rehabilitation in Porto Potenza. The project is part of a broader redevelopment plan for the complex’s interior and exterior with the goal of modernizing the facility to bring it in line with the high level of the services it provides.

4 Evergreen Tower

The design  of the tower that Archea proposed for the competition fits into the context, taking on the lines of the surrounding city for the principle direction of its composition. The tower takes a minimal amount of public space on the ground through a well-considered narrowing of the structure at the base, and symmetrically, a clear widening of the peak section, giving the total a marked sculptural effect.



Davide Macullo (1965) is one of the speakers that will take part in the SHARE Tirana 2020 conference. Macullo is an architect born in the italian side of Switzerland, living and working in Lugano. He studied art, architecture and interior design. For 20 years (1990-2010) he was project architect in the atelier of Mario Botta with responsibility for over 200 international projects worldwide. He opened his own atelier in 2000. The ethos of the studio is one of ‘drawing from context’ and the various contributions promote a dialogue between the specificity of the project and the universality of the contexts. His work has been published and awarded both at home and abroad. The work of the studio includes graphic design, branding consulting and custom designed furniture, now in production and spans to the creation of contemporary art collections for clients.


Located on a spectacular sea front site on the Greek island of Crete, Elounda Beach is one of the world’s leading hotels. Set back on Crete’s northeast coast, the row of volumes face the water as anchored yachts towards the sea, while addressing and complementing the urban context on the land side. The newly created pathways between the bungalows afford open views to the sea and have a reduced scale that echo the streets of coastal villages of old in a contemporary way.


One of Jansen’s main objectives for the project is to make the Campus a creative and engaging place for all their employees. The building’s work spaces are open plan, with each employee have their own custom designed workstation.  All spaces look out across the Rheintal and the geometry of the building means that visitors and employees alike are offered unexpected glimpses sliced out of the landscape.


Set on the beautiful island of Jeju, South Korea, facing the sea, the proposed site of a new private Museum represents an ultimate challenge to build a factory of dreams, “la fabbrica dei sogni”.
The site has an extraordinary potential of being a gateway between sea and mountains. The new volume designs and redefines the landscape; it appears as unfinished, as a growing presence who’s ideal edges are joined through the perception of the viewer.

 WAP ART SPACE, 2013-2017

The new residence-gallery presents itself as a contemporary urban castle where living spaces are supported by production space. It is a succession of spaces, closed and open, full and empty, compressed and decompressed. It generates a perceptual map, translated into distinct moments of usability, yet still interconnected.


The new Ashdod hospital is born out of the roots and the culture of Israel. We regard it as a home for the inhabitants of Israel whoever finds himself here, feels at home. The project has been shaped through symbolic design choices that serve, through every detail, to root this new organism to the ground that hosts it. The project has been developed through the careful consideration of the sensations of both the people who find themselves, at critical moments of their lives, in need of care, and of those who work here.


Swiss House Rossa represents the constant commitment to build with respect for the places we inhabit and to make every effort in helping our understanding of civilisation. This is an opera that lies on the cusp between art and architecture, a living sculpture. Alongside its primary role in protecting man from the elements, it is an architecture that needs art to complete it.


This design is an articulated construction meant for the enjoyment of the spaces for many years to come. From afar the building is a marker in the landscape, it expresses a meaning already suggested by its context. From close up, it is a collection of many things and from within, a world, that changes with the passing of the hours of the day and the days of the year.


Chenot Palace Weggis is born of the earth and its guests, it envelops us, respects the natural environment that welcomes it and its legacy of millennial values. Architecture is not an adventure into temptations but a journey into emotions.



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Maden Group
Maden Group
Prishtina, Kosovo
220 m2
Leonit Ibrahimi

Hallakate is the first pure-play social media agency in Kosovo.
The concept of this project was to combine the development of the brand identity with the logo and the work they do.

The goal was for workers to provide a comfortable interior design, a comfortable environment, and a color language that depicts our emotions, without neglecting the logo and identity development that served as a motive for open spaces, to have a more productive and tedious work.

There is also a lack of greenery as an element of vegetation within the environment. Scalability, variety of furniture also associated with the name of the company, bright environments, comfortable spaces and greenery add character to this place.

Gople Artemide

Following their previous partnership at the Milan Design Week 2016, Bjarke Ingels Group – BIG and the Italian lighting brand Artemide has teamed up for the London Design Festival 2018, to create a colour-changing lamp designed to help plants grow.

The pill-shaped blown glass lamp, called Gople, uses Artemide’s patented RWB lighting system that was designed in 2010. The system allows light to be set at different temperatures – diffusing either red, white or blue tones to create a pleasant ambience, but also help plants perform photosynthesis.

The project was conceived as a bespoke solution for one of BIG’s latest projects, Area 2071, a new space in Dubai that brings together entrepreneurs, start-ups, small and medium-sized businesses, and government programs.

The lamps are hand made using an ancient Venetian glass blowing technique that gradually turns white glass into crystal glass. Gople is available in white crystal, transparent silver and transparent bronze finishes.



Gonca Paşolar, co-founder and partner of EAA- Emre Arolat Architecture is one of the keynote speakers that will take part in the SHARE Tirana 2020 Forum. Born in Switzerland, she finished her studies at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. She and Emre Arolat formed their own practice in Istanbul as EAA- Emre Arolat Architecture during 2004. Her presence and a strong spirit are sensed in EAA through the exhibitions and the worldwide lectures, in addition to her jury duties in a large number of international and national competitions.

Through her almost 20-year-old career, ms. Pasolar won many prestigious awards, among which European’s Center for Architecture 40 under 40 awards in 2010, for outstanding performance in Architecture and Design and a nomination for AJ’s Women Architects of the Year Award in 2015. Her surprising realisations guided her to become Managing Partner of EEA, a position she currently holds for practice for the New York, Istanbul and London offices. In 2017, Pasolar and Arolat were the Norman R.Foster Visiting Professors at the Yale School of Architecture.

Below we represent you some of the EAA- Emre Arolat Architecture best works.

Yalıkavak Palmarina

The main motivation of the project design, for the renewal and extension of the existing marina complex,  aimed both to correspond fully to the needs and desire of the new comers and to create a dialogue with the authentic qualities of the place, that would find its belongingness in the built and social aura of Yalikavak. This tendency may briefly be described as “being Mediterranean.”

Sancaklar Mosque

The building was designed as a response to the Sancaklar Family who wanted to build a mosque on a site overlooking the Buyukcekmece Lake, at a neighborhood of many gated communities. The main issue was a confrontation with the classical Ottoman mosque scheme, which became a blank anachronism with today’s construction techniques.

Antakya Museum Hotel

The archeological findings discovered in an excavation on the project site in Antakya, directed the employer who was planning to build a five-star hotel, to build a museum-hotel on the site. The dichotomy between the public program of an archeological park and the private use of the hotel becomes a major input in the design process.

Bergama Cultural Center

The commerce along the Cumhuriyet Avenue continues with the rambling stores that intrude the pedestrian walkways. To sustain the commercial life that exists here and at the same time not to displace the tradesman were the main reference points. In the design, the commercial units recede a step back to keep the alignment alongside the avenue and create a shaded arcade.This arcade creates an interior courtyard by surrounding the area from three sides allowing the stores to work towards both to the street and the courtyard.

Maslak No 1 Office Tower

The project for the office building to be situated on the Mecidiyekoy-Maslak axis, was conditioned by the tension between density of its environ and the tightness of the project site. It was the client’s wish that the building would be a prestigious building, just like all the other surrounding buildings which only meant to be prominent, having been developed with no certain rule, plan or order.

Eyüp Cultural Center and Marrıage Hall

The building’s scheme is organized as a part of the structural landmark to cater versatile cultural activities with its structure that is put between platforms on different levels. This structure has a nuptial hall, a 750m2 multi-purpose wedding hall where different events could be held, the foyer and many other subsidiary spaces. The theatre hall, is provided with acoustic features which will enable conference, seminar and mini concert events to be held.

Pilevneli Gallery

Pilevneli Gallery is an assertive example of adaptive re-use located in Dolapdere, a district at Taksim. The area is currently undergoing an urban transformation focused on art and culture. The gallery is situated on the main street, its structure demands attention with its characteristic neutral facade of anthracite vertical lamella and neatly composed linear openings.

Zorlu Center

In collaboration with Tabanlioglu Architects

The Zorlu Center is at the junction of the Bosphorus Bridge European connection and the Büyükdere axis that connects the city center with the business district Maslak. With its easy access from important centers of Istanbul, it is also one of the few sites that face south, with the old city view making it a ‘subject of desire’. The mixed use project being developed on this area deals with contradictions such as grandeur and modesty, public and private, institutional and domestic, social and distinguished, together with structural and topographical considerations.