Tirana Rocks

The city of Tirana in Albania will be getting a new architectural look with this year’s MVRDV design winner. The competition called upon an urban masterplan to create a livable urban neighborhood, complete with park and public facilities, right off the shore of Tirana Lake, Albania. The winning design, entitled Tirana Rocks, will look like collapsing buildings, toppled over onto one another and create a pretty dramatic urban skyline when built.
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Tirana Rocks 1

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Tirana Rocks 3_

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7 comments

  1. Anonymous · March 28, 2009

    the city of tirana in the netherlands?? i love the netherlands bat tirana is albania

  2. Ollie · April 15, 2009

    Thanks! I corrected the typo.

  3. Anonymous · June 9, 2009

    Who is the architect, is he from Denmark ??

  4. Albanian Architect · June 28, 2009

    I really don’t think this is architecture…this is an insult to the city and the people who live in it..how could they allow such a thing to be built
    It has no relation to the place and history or anything of the city….IT HAS NO SOUL

  5. Topa tani · July 9, 2009

    I love it, Tirana.
    The one and only designcity in the world.

  6. kamila · December 24, 2009

    i dont like it ,it is so unrelated to the other buildings .it would make the only park very ugly

  7. DORIK · June 7, 2010

    Well, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT EVEN THE CENTRE DE POMPIDOU IN PARIS, HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ITS SORROUNDING BUILDINGS AND YET IT HAS BECOME SUCH AN IMPORTANT PART OF PARIS, SOCIALY, POLITICALLY AND CULTURALLY. ARCHITECTURE MOVES ON, IT DOES NOT STAY STILL YOU CAN NOT BUILT HOUSES (ME QERPICA). THAT IS THE BEAUTY OF IT. I WOULD ARGUE WITH THE ALBANIAN ARCHITECT’S VIEW THAT THIS IS NOT ARCHITECTURE??? I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO KNOW WHAT THIS IS??, SINCE YOU SEEM TO BE SO SURE ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHY THIS BUILDING HAS NO SOUL AND PLEASE EXPLAIN TO ME WHAT A BUILDING WITH SOUL LOOKS AND FEELS LIKE????? WHAT IS A SOUL ANYWAY?
    SECONDLY, THE SOULFUL AND HISTORICAL BUILDINGS OF TIRANA NO LONGER EXIST SINCE THEY HAVE ALL BEEN DESTROYED AND BOUGHT BY BIG ENGINEERING OR DEVELOPMENT COMPANIES THAT HAVE BUILD YOUR SO CALLED SOULFUL BUILDINGS WITH THE ONLY DESIGN ORNAMENT BEING THE COLOR AND OHHH SHOULD I ALSO SAY THE PUD OF MUDDDDDDDD LEFT BEHIND AS SOON AS THE BUILDINGS ARE UP. AFTER THEY ALL GET THEIR BLOODSUCKING MONEY FROM THE POOR PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN ORDINARY APARTMENT BUILDINGS WHERE AFTER A YEAR THEY ARE LEFT WITH BROKEN TILES, UNFLUSHABLE BATHROOMS, BROKEN ELEVATORS, AND OH YES MY FAVORITE ONE THE DIRT AND OTHER BUILD MATERIALS THAT ARE LEFT FOR THE KIDS TO PLAY RIGHT ON THE FOOT OF THE BUILDING. (OH SILLY ME WHAT AM I SAYING. THAT MUST HAVE BEEN ONE OF THEIR DESIGN AESTHETICS/CONCEPT: ALBANIAN KIDS=MUD)
    THIRDLY YOU SHOULD BE EXTREMELY PROUD THAT MVRDV AN ARCHITECTURAL FIRM THAT IS SO INNOVATIVE IN THEIR THINKING AND SO WORDLY KNOWN IS BUILDING IN ALBANIA WHICH, NOT ONLY PUTS TIRANA IN THE MAP ARCITECTURALLY BUT IT MAKES IT MORE DESIRABLE TO THE REST OF THE WESTERN ARCHITECTURAL WORLD.
    AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST I THINK THIS IS GREAT, YES. TIRANA ROCKS HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL CONCEPTUALLY IN REALLY CAPTURING THE ESSENCE OF ALBANIAN PEOPLE; TIMES OF STANDING GLORY, AND OTHER TIMES OF COLLAPSE. AND YET IT HAS NEVER BEEN BROKEN ALWAYS STANDING PROUD.

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