Studio B&L – Academia Building – 2013


Studio B&L:

The ai???academiaai??? building is a mixed use building, located in one of the most central areas of the city, few meters far from the Mother Teresa square. The challenging process for a project in the edge of this important heritage was determined by the trinomial investor, user of the building and user of Public Space by attempting a sustainable architectonic product in different levels. Giving the proper attention to these stakeholders groups, the architects ambition was to fulfill at the same time liabilities as architects to all these three directions, through generating an urban and architectonic environment, which is expressed in a decent, discreet manner within an imposing context. Rationality, demureness, rigorousness towards details may be called dominant features of this project. Regarding the first stakeholder group, the design approach reflects maximal rationality in relation in relation to the geometric characteristics of the site and their interpretation, by reaching an absolute efficiency on the use of the retaining structures in residential, commercial and parking levels. In addition, attention has been given to the intelligent use of the boundary perimeter display to the external environment and the rational management of the engineering networks. Relating the user, the decision-taking is mainly related to functional zoning by providing efficient use of assets of the area as well as ventilation and natural illumination to residential spaces. The project became also a pilot program for introducing new elements of safety as well as facilities for disabled persons for the first time in residential typology in Albania.


Architects: Studio B&L
Location: Tirana, Albania
Surface: 5600m2 Above ground + 5400m2 Underground
Year/Status: 2013 completed
Structure: Reinforced Concrete
Materials: Ventilated Facade- Travertine, Aluminium Flushing, Thermal Aluminium
Project team: Studio B&L:Ermal Bleta, Roland Lika, Doriana Bozgo Bleta
Client/Contractor: Archimed Int.
Partner/Consultants: Structure & Electrical & Hvac Trema Engineering2
Photography: Studio B&L

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