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HIGHLIGHT: MADEN GROUP

HIGHLIGHT: MADEN GROUP

In order to offer Kosovo’s architecture a unique studio, that gives comfort, spreads friendly vibes and works with creativity, the talented architect Ideal Vejsa together with the engineer Memli Dushi decided to open Maden Group in 2009, based in Prishtina.

Maden Group always trys to integrate new elements according to the evolution of technology and materials, giving different dimensions and colors to their creations but never losing their identity.

With a team of 15, among them the other partners Gazmend Dema and Rashit Zeneli, the studio’s main attention is the environment and the atmosphere where they work in. “In pursuance of refreshing the work we do, sometimes we transform our workplace to avoid monotony and set up a creative surrounding. This has given amazing results in our work and also enhanced fondness and friendship in our team.” – says the architect Vejsa.

Their approach to design and work creates a strong foundation for the studio, resulting in successful projects, honored with national and international awards.

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Maden Group Office

Gjirafa.Biz Offices, Prishtina, Kosovo, 2016

As a continuation of the Gjirafa.com offices, the Gjirafa.Biz project is conceived in harmony with them, but with one difference: the created environment must convey a serious and professional feeling in contrast to the more friendly offices of Gjirafa.com. The entrance was designed to create an impression of uniqueness and cleanliness, by using the power of black color in the main hallway.  To create a visual connection between the spaces of Gjirafa.com and Gjirafa.biz, one of the walls is covered with an orange container plan used even in the premises of Gjirafa.com, an element that you can see in many of the projects of the studio.

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Hostel Mami, Prishtina, Kosovo, 2018

In this project, Maden Group has combined traditions with contemporary design to create a lively architecture. What makes Hostel Mami special is the use of traditional elements – a concept we often see in Maden Group projects – such as sofra, flute, çiftelia, etc., treated in a different spiritual way, in the form of an art exhibition, giving foreign tourists the opportunity to learn and get acquainted with Albanian traditions.

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American School of Kosovo, Shkabaj, Kosovo, 2018

The American School of Kosovo is probably one of the works that best represents Maden Group. The project consists of a high school and kindergarten, which focuses on children and teenagers. In addition to spatial organization, importance has been given to functionality and the impact that these spaces have on students. Based on this concept, the architects designed multifunctional spaces where multipurposes are developed in one place. Natural lighting in each space, variety of colors and incorporating of green in the interior are some of the components that characterize the new campus of the American School of Kosovo.

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Metalic Club, Gjakova, Kosovo, 2019

In many of the Maden Group projects we can see their approach to the traditions and preserving the connection with the past. Even for Metalic Club this was the concept: save the old, the new one should look colorful. The project characterized by an approach that attempts to contextualize contemporary architecture within a typical modernist setting of the last century. The project represents an intervention within one of Kosovo’s largest industrial buildings (Metalik factory, Gjakova), which is at the same time a marker of an important phase of urban-architectural development in the country. The concept is based on the fact that any new intervention should fit the inherited architecture, without damaging and stripping it of its stylistic features. Significant portions of the building have been preserved, not interfering with them at all, while each new intervention has been treated in color in detailed way, to be regarded as an important layer of present time.

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maden group

The Hill House, Ulcinj, Montenegro, 2019

From the beginning for the studio it was important to design a villa that had to be contextualized so that the house would be stretched out and placed inside the location. By integrating the home with the terrain and handling the details to enhance environmental appreciation, this carefully positioned and developed design gains an outdoor treatment in a challenging location. The project was influenced by the countless coastal villas that can be found on the Ulcinj coastline. “The Hill House” was simplified to pure geometric shapes and then manipulated and modernized to take advantage of the sea views, resulting in a typical Mediterranean architecture.

Francis House, Prishtina, Kosovo, 2020

This project consists of an existing house renovation, where the biggest concern was its lack of identity. Its transformation began with the removal of  some of the existing elements of the facade, resulting in pure volumes of white cubes to work on. By using a bright orange color, the architects managed to give the house the needed attention. A modular cube screen – which is also the key architectural element of the building – provides the necessary privacy on the balcony, while allowing the penetration of sunlight. Unlike the bold facade, the interior design is characterized by a minimalist style in order for the space to maintain its tranquility.

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HEB’S Bar & Restaurant, Prishtina, Kosovo, 2020

The main features that Maden Group has paid attention to in the Heb’s project were the comfort, the special look and the feeling “at home”. Now that restaurants and bars have been moved from spaces where man simply goes to eat, to creative and beautiful spaces, the architects used elements that would set this restaurant apart from others, such as glass blocks to give the environment a feeling of abundance, as well as the indoor greenery to make it as comfortable and natural as possible.

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