Skip to main content

Parliament 2

I've been trying to find out more about the competition for the new Albanian Parliamentary comlex. The website at Europaconcorsi provides links to the websites of the competitors. Not all of these provide information on their entries for this competition, but it's possible to get an idea of their approach and to see some other projects they have been involved in.

I have found photographs from three of the other entrants and reproduced one from each below. You can find more at the following links:

Ishimoto and Francesco Scardaccione

von Gerkan, Marg und Partner, RA Consulting srl and Vladimir Bregu

Samyn and Partners. This is one of those annoying flash based websites. To find the relevant photographs go to Studies and Competitions then Public Services and select the photograph on the right.

Samyn and Partners

Ishimoto and Francesco Scardaccione

von Gerkan, Marg und Partner and Vladimir Begu

Comments

Anonymous said…
they all look better then the one selected. But than again, they also were pure foreign plays with no Albanian involved to grease the palms of purse handlers.
la said…
All this story, following that monstrous plan of Architecture Studio, is a big political madness. All competitions are always a little bit suspicious, but these tow have crossed the line.
Tirana doesn’t have a decent library or a theater, and there hasn’t been additional public spaces to the city for 30-40 years now (on the contrary they are disappearing), but our politicians agree to spend 50ml $ in a monstrous project that destroys not only the character of one of the few decent buildings on the boulevard, but also the single last public spaces that has survived.
Anonymous said…
Really what is the point of our politicians having such a nice place? Do they deserve it? The design looks great but do they need a better place to do a better job? My tax money is being wasted on a nice building. The Albanian government should spend money on education, social issues, police force etc etc. We have enough nice buildings/restaurants/bars in Tirana.
Just my two cents!
Peace.
our man said…
I did wonder whether the role of Albanian architects/studios was a factor in the decision. Only three of the finalists had an Albanian component.

I agree that Tirana is more in need of high quality public buildings and public spaces than a new Parliament building, but when even the mayor of Tirana is backing the project it seems unlikely that it will be set aside.
la said…
our man,
this project is Rama's baby, and is featured in the Architcture Studio's project for the center of Tirana competiton in 2003 in which Rama is the real architect behind. Everything nowdays in Albania is done so to appease Rama. And yes since the jury was selected by albania architects (Shkreli one of them, Rama's best friend by the way)they have to abide by their rules.
thank you for the photos!

Popular posts from this blog

50 Ways to Make Some Money

The death of communism in Albania brought a flourishing market economy to life just as it did across Central Europe and Russia. On the streets of Tirana people are buying and selling, trading goods and services in predictable, or sometimes novel, ways. The shops are the most obvious expression of this. The streets are lined with little stores selling almost everything you could want. Freed from the choking grip of state bureaucracy Albanians are now at liberty to buy whatever they can afford. No matter how absurd the demand, someone will create the supply. Hence the preponderance of shoe stores in this city of muddy streets and torn up footpaths. Especially outlandish is the fashion for high heeled white boots - about as impractical a style of footware as could be imagined. Dotted across the city are the market stalls, sometimes just one person selling bananas, elsewhere a whole street lined with sellers of fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish and spices. Those who cannot bring thei…

Petrela Castle

This is Petrela Castle near Tirana. The site has been fortified since the 4th century, but the oldest surviving parts are from the 13th century. Today the castle is a restaurant where you can enjoy lunch while taking in the views.





















Big in Albania

Ask me how much I knew about Albania before coming here and my list would be a short one: Enver Hoxha, bunkers and Sir Norman Wisdom. I have no idea when or how I acquired this extensive body of knowledge, but the association of Norman Wisdom with Albania was by far the most interesting part of it.I remember watching Norman Wisdom's old films on British television. My parents were fans of his wholesome, slapstick comedy, but apparently missed the ideological significance of Pitkin's relationship with Mr Grimsdale. Pitkin, the downtrodden and oppressed representative of the workers, triumphed every time over his capitalist oppressor, Mr Grimsdale - and he got the girl. It took a theorist of Hoxha's insight and profundity to discern this deeper political message.It always seemed tremendously unlikely, yet the story of Sir Norman's fame in Albania has been reported in worthy sources like the BBC, the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph. According to the Guardian, when Wisdom…