THE TID TOWER, known as the Plaza Hotel too, is a project by 51N4E in Tirana, Albania. The site for the tower qualifies as a prime location: it can be seen from the main boulevard entering the city. As a consequence, the tower complements the most important monuments of Tirana: the Skanderbeg statue, the oldest mosque, the clock tower and –at the foot of the tower- a memorial tomb for the city’s founder Suleiman Pasha. Being aware of this precarious historical line-up, the tower is designed as a monolith, avoiding the image of the modern glass tower. Starting from an ellipse and ending as a rectangle, the building has a simple shape which fully captures the Mediterranean light of Tirana and generates a wide range of unexpected shadows. It does not symbolize anything but simply highlights an environmental –and as such, cultural- condition.
TID TOWER FACADE BY ALUMIL
The specific position of the building in the cityscape demands for a façade developed as one system, emphasizing the tower as a whole. The facade generates diverse conditions in response to the inside and outside environment. It had to be installed from inside, since marble panels where already placed.
Because of its shape (from ellipse to rectangle), no elevation was the same as the other. This means that we had to develop a flexible and easy mounting façade system. Every section of the vertical curtain wall mullions, had to look the same even when all elevations were curved. Building angels (from 160⁰-180⁰) was a necessity. Facade elements of 2,8m*1m had to be vertically projected also for the tower ventilation windows, which should not be visible in the exterior.
Alumil designed a totaly new window wall solution to cover the project needs. Custom made Alumil curtain wall system incorporates together unitized façade systems with window system, with fixing points on top and bottom with guide profile, for internal installation.
We designed and produced a multi angle accessory, different rubber and gaskets that also made a huge impact in the thermal insulation of the building. A custom made solution, was developed on top of each window wall specified by the project in the ceiling level, for ventilation with glass holes.
Alumil designed and produced 4 different custom made profiles, to work with the most sophisticated hardware for parallel windows projection and fixed window wall for minimal aesthetics.