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‘Servete Maçi’ School

Servete Maci is a primary and secondary level school in Tirana where pupils are taught from grade 1 to 9.
The volumetric concept of the design is based on the internal courtyard as a main feature. The whole shape of the school revolves around this courtyard. As a results, classes are positioned facing the internal courtyard therefore creating a quitter teaching space. Halls are positioned in the outer perimeter of the building.

A well-functioning society is built upon a developed grid of public spaces and community centers. Unfortunately, developing countries like Albania show a shortage of inherited public spaces, which in turn makes it a challenge to allocate new ones within the existing infrastructure. A quick solution that comes to mind is expropriation. Developing countries however have a limited budget when it comes to new public projects such as community centers, social event venues, teaching lounges, gallery spaces, auditoriums and sports grounds. In most cases, existing funds can only cover construction costs, therefore expropriations has proven to be impossible to attain.

The development of existing schools can be seen as a sensible solution to this issue as well. Considering that schools have been sited strategically to serve the neighborhoods and communities throughout the history of civilization, it is easy to see how they can function as community centers as well. In addition, the existing state in which schools are functioning in Albania at the moment is not only poor and deteriorated but also under capacity. Therefore their reconstruction is a must.

What would happen than if schools and community centers merged into one?

The initiative “Schools as community centers and public spaces-24 hour open access” promotes the idea of an open access school dedicated both to the students and the rest of the community, where both processes complement and develop one another in symbioses, without disturbing the primary teaching purpose of the building. The idea of a 24-hour open access implies that the school will be open after teaching hours for the community to make use of all the necessary amenities.

This initiative has been taken into consideration during the design process of new schools. Architecture solutions provided recently are based on security measures for students during teaching hours, and accessibility measures for the rest of the community after hours.

With this initiative in mind, school grounds have been divided within 3 categories based on security and privacy:

  • Spaces allocated for teaching functions, students and teaching staff
  • Spaces serving both the school and the community
  • Spaces dedicated to the community

Spaces allocated for teaching functions include classrooms, laboratories, staff rooms and other. These areas can only be used by the school’s staff and the students enrolled in the school. In this case, special attention should be placed on the entrance in order to make it safe and secure. All access points have to be controlled by staff.

Spaces serving both the school and the community include gymnasiums, auditoriums, concert halls, gallery spaces, meeting rooms, library or inner courtyards and other multipurpose classrooms. These areas are dedicated to the students and school’s staff during teaching hours but are accessible by the rest of the community after teaching hours. These spaces have been designed to allow easy access for the community without compromising transition spaces like corridors and classes. Restrooms however have to be accessible by all the community.The aim is for these spaces to function in conjunction with the school but also independently. Specifically the auditorium, gym, library and inner courtyards. Inner courtyards are more challenging regarding access control seeing as they are outdoor spaces. However access can be controlled through low movable gates.

Spaces dedicated to the community are those that can always be accessed by the community even during teaching hours. Usually this includes the space before the entrance to inner courtyards that can serve as a public square for children to play during teaching hours, a drop of and pick up spot for parents, a meeting spot or bus stop.

This initiative required not only a development in terms of design but also social projects regarding the management of facilities after hours. This could be done by hired staff or voluntary workers from the community itself. This initiative would encourage people from the community to develop and organize local activities.

What if this concept was to be implemented in all schools?

This initiative would promote the development of a large number of public spaces that the community could benefit from such as gyms, libraries, auditoriums and sports grounds distributed perfectly throughout the territory because schools are strategically sited for easy accessibility.

Implementing this framework in the reconstruction of existing schools will further enrich architecture and change schools for the better. In addition, communities can benefit from more social activities that address all ages. As such, giving schools a 24 hour open access can deeply benefit society a whole.

‘DEMOKRACIA’ Primary School & Kindergarten

EN
“Demokracia” Primary School and Kindergarten is an existing facility located in Valias which will be subject to reconstruction. The proposal consists in the division of the main functions into separate objects which are connected through the passage corridors. The kindergarden is a two-storey building that we face at the entrance of the property. The kindergarden consists of a simple cuboid volume, with windows that alternate from floor to floor imitating a chessboard in their manner of distribution. The school building is located next to the kindergarten, streching along the property, and is designed for a capacity of 500 students. The functional distribution of the floorplans remains unchanged between the floors, with the stairs located in the main entrance hall, and a corridor with classrooms located only on one side of it. The facade of the main building has a simple architecture with windows that extend to the floor-ceiling height equidistant from each other, with concrete shading that extends up to 50 cm outside the perimeter of the facade. The administration building follows the same style, while in the library, auditorium and gym we have changes in volumetric treatment, and changes in the facades to adapt to the functions they contain, and to create interior moments of light entering through the cracks in the tarace. The school building creates three outdoor yards in service of the school recreational spaces, one of which is an outdoor sports field, and one outdoor yard for the kindergarten.
AL
Shkolla dhe kopshti Demokracia, është një objekt ekzistues i ndodhur në Valias i cili do t’i nënshtrohet rindërtimit.Propozimi konsiston në ndarjen e funksioneve kryesore në objekte të veçuara nga njëra tjetra të cilat lidhen përmes korridoreve të kalimit. Kopshti është një objekt me 2 kate me të cilin përballemi që në hyrje të pronës. Kopshti ka një volum shumë të rregullt, të njëjtë në dy kate, me dritare që alternohen nga kati në kat duke imituar një tavolinë shahu në mënyrën e shpërndarjes. Objekti i shkollës ndodhet pranë kopshtit, dhe është i projektuar për një kapacitet prej 500 nxënësish të ciklit fillor. Shpërndarja funksionale e kateve qëndron e pandryshuar ndër kate, me hollin kryesor në hyrje, një shkallë kryesore në holl, dhe një korridor me klasa të vendosura vetëm nga njëra anë e tij. Fasada e objektit kryesor ka një arkitekturë të thjeshtë me dritare që zgjaten në lartësinë dysheme-tavan të barazlarguara nga njëra tjera, me hijëzues betoni që shtrihen deri në 50 cm jashtë perimetrit të fasadës. Objekti i administratës ndjek të njejtin stil, ndërkohë që tek objektet e librarisë, auditorit dhe palestrës kemi ndryshime në trajtim volumetrik, dhe të fasadave për t’ju përshtatur funksioneve që përmbajnë, dhe për të krijuar momente interieri të futjes së dritës përmes çarjeve në taracë. Objekti i shkolles krijon tre oborre te jashtme në shërbim të hapësirave rekreative të shkollës, një nga te cilat është një fushë e jashtme sportive, dhe një oborr i jashtëm për objektin e kopshtit.

‘QAZIM TURDIU’ SCHOOL

EN

‘Qazim Turdiu’ is a primary & secondary school, hosting about 900 pupils. The school offers very unique public and community spaces. The relationship between the indoor and outdoor spaces is particular thanks to the corridors adjacent to the balconies, facing the school courtyard.
The object consists of 3 separate volumes (function-wise): the classrooms; the gym; the library & auditorium, providing a more independent access from the main street to the community spaces after school hours.
The main volume is divided into 2 smaller 4-storey objects positioned near the perimeter of the parcel, hosting the classrooms. They are linked by a 3-storey volume, containing spaces such as laboratories. The central volume hosts the administrative rooms as well, facilitating students’ supervision. Its ground floor is a colonnade which connects the 2 entrances of the school.
All the separate volumes are connected by balconies that serve as public spaces. In addition to the balconies, the front yard and the third floor terrace are meant for gathering and recreation, while the back yard is dedicated to more specific activities (playground for the preschoolers and sports).

AL

‘Qazim Turdiu’ është një shkollë 9-vjeçare, ku do të mësojnë rreth 900 nxënës. Shkolla ofron hapësira të veçanta publike dhe komunitare. Marrëdhënia midis hapësirave të brendshme dhe të jashtme është unike falë vendosjes së korridoreve përkrah ballkoneve dhe oborreve të shkollës.
Objekti përbëhet nga 3 vëllime të veçanta: klasat; palestra; biblioteka & auditori, duke siguruar hyrje të pavarur nga rruga kryesore në hapësirat komunitare pas orarit të zakonshëm shkollor.
Volumi kryesor është i ndarë në 2 objekte më të vogla 4-katëshe të pozicionuara pranë perimetrit të zonës, ku gjenden klasat. Ato janë të lidhura me një volum 3-katësh që përmban hapësira të tilla si laboratorët. Në volumin qëndror gjenden edhe zyrat administrative, duke lehtësuar mbikëqyrjen e studentëve. Në katin përdhe, volumi është i përshkrueshëm falë një kolonade që lidh 2 hyrjet e shkollës.
Objektet e veçanta janë të lidhura me ballkone që shërbejnë si hapësira publike. Përveç tyre, edhe oborri i përparmë si dhe taraca e katit të tretë shërbejnë për grupim dhe rekreacion. Oborri i pasëm i është dedikuar funksioneve më specifike (kënd lojërash për parashkollorët dhe aktivitete sportive).

‘Lidhja e Prizrenit’ Kindergarten

En

“Lidhja e Prizrenit” kindergarten is located in Kamza and is a new construction to meet the requirements of the municipality for a new structure according to the standards. The main attention is paid to the creation of contemporary learning spaces easily adapted to different functions according to the needs arising from kindergarten activities. The new kindergarten serves 250 children aged 2-6, and the spaces are designed separately in age groups. The terrace of the building offers open spaces, but easily controlled for games and activities. Distinctive features of the garden are the facade and the inner courtyard. The double brick façade enables the required privacy and visually differentiates the garden from the surrounding buildings. The indoor courtyard creates opportunities for the use of open spaces especially on days when the weather does not allow this outside the building. It also, together with the facade, affects the natural lighting of the spaces and the ventilation of the building. Outdoor spaces also take on importance in design, offering different sports spaces according to standards of any age, green spaces as well as games that prioritize the physical and intellectual development of children.

AL

Kopshti “Lidhja e Prizrenit” gjendet në Kamëz dhe është një ndërtim i ri për t’iu përgjigjur kërkesave të bashkisë për një strukturë të re sipas standarteve. Vemendje kryesore i është kushtuar krijimit të hapësirave mësimore bashkëkohore lehtësisht të përshtatshme me funksione të ndryshme sipas nevojave që lindin nga aktivitetet e kopshtit. Kopshti i ri shërben për 250 fëmijë me mosha nga 2-6 vjeç, dhe hapësirat janë menduar të ndara në dizajn sipas grupmoshave. Tarraca e objektit ofron hapësira të hapura, por lehtësisht të kontrolluara për lojëra dhe aktivitete. Veçoritë dalluese të kopshtit janë fasada dhe oborri i brendshëm. Fasada e dyfishtë me tullë mundëson privatësinë e kërkuar dhe e diferencon vizualisht kopshtin nga ndërtesat përreth. Oborri i brendshëm krijon mundësi për përdorimin e hapësirave të hapura sidomos në ditët kur moti nuk e lejon këtë gjë jashtë ndërtesës. Ai gjithashtu, bashkë me fasadën, ndikon në ndriçimin natyral të hapësirave dhe ajrimin e ndërtesës. Hapësirat e jashtme gjithashtu marrin një rëndësi në dizajn, duke ofruar hapësira sportive të ndryshme sipas standarteve të çdo moshe, hapësira gjelbërimi si edhe lojëra që kanë prioritet zhvillimin fizik dhe intelektual të fëmijëve.

‘Niko Hoxha’ Kindergarten

EN

The “Niko Hoxha” kindergarten, located in the Kamza municipality, will accommodate 200 children.
Intimacy, modularity of functions, tension between, inside and outside are the elements that generated the concept and led to the form creation. The longitudinal shape of the parcel gave us the possibility to create internal and external stresses, generating a pure cubic shape with extensions of functions. Pulling the perimeter enables the creation of an intimate space between the building and perimeter of noisy urban part. Also the sensitivity of the form is another indicator of the deepening of the entrance of the object.

AL

Kopshti “Niko Hoxha”, i cili gjendet në njësinë administrative Valias, bashkia Kamëz do të rindërtohet për të akomoduar 200 fëmijë. Intimiteti, modulariteti i funksioneve, tensioni midis, brënda dhe jashtë janë elementet të cilat gjeneruan konceptin dhe çuan në energjizimin e formës. Forma gjatësore e parcelës është derivuesi i parë dhe më pas i dha mundesinë tensioneve brënda dhe jashtë të gjenerojnë një formë kubike të pastër me zgjatime të funksioneve. Tërheqja e perimetrit mundeson krijimin e një hapësire intime brënda objektit duke e distancuar nga pjesa e zhurmshme urbane. Gjithashtu ndjeshmëria e formës është një tjetër tregues i thellimit të hyrjes së objektit.

Hybrid Student City

Our entry on International competition “Student City” organized by Atelier Albania/ AKPT

Our strategy

Our proposal for the Student’s City Campus consists on the hybridization strategy, which is a redefinition of all the functions of the campus. The hybridization strategy will contribute on the addition of new necessary programs and the creation of mix typologies that will enrich the quality of life and spatial conditions. Having a hybrid building means to offer a typology that can host students and the locals that occupy all the surroundings of the city of students. In such a way we create a city within a city, where locals and students create the community and where students characterize the new society. The principal challenge of the master plan is to redefine undeveloped areas, to structure the existing spatial conditions, to propose new dormitory areas and such a way augmenting the number of students during one academic year. Reactivating bypassed areas and contributing with a complex of functions, are two important challenges we tackle. We aimed on creating a campus where students will find every necessity they need and in relation to their financial conditions. We believe in the potential that mixed used buildings have on the better development of social life. In terms of restoration and re-qualification, the challenge was to deal with a very old degraded construction, and with the partial change of some typologies.

 

Our approach consists on some specific points:

Experimental approach that lies in the fact that this project will bring different and maybe new solutions to what is being proposed nowadays in our reality. Questions concerning about what is experimental, how can we transform it into a paradigm, and what will this approach bring to

The “bottom-up” approach, where modernist-planning mechanisms will not make changes and decision. Understanding cities complexity was suggested by authors such as Jane Jacobs (1961) and Christopher Alexander, through their arguments against the mechanistic of ‘top‐down’ scope of Modernist planning propositions, which suggest that the design is able to set, control and limit potential functions.

In contrast, Jacobs suggested[1] that the problem that cities constitute should be addressed through inductive thinking and ‘thinking of’ processes. This implies a consideration of city organization as a complex field where multiple variables are “interrelated into an organic whole”.

Secondly, the idea of space syntax treatment[2], where the space is not just a backdrop for human activities. Space also takes form social context, but also gives form to this context. In this way, space and context are reflected into each other.

The general idea is that spaces can be divided into components, introduced as networks of choices and then represented as maps as graphs that describe the relative connectivity of those spaces

Change as a matrix.

Sometimes change may seem unpredictable, sometimes even chaotic, but if you can try to predict some changes that people usually do inside their living environments, later on you can use these types of changes as matrices that will condition every design process.

Flexibility in housing.

“Nowadays, average nuclear family continues to decline, but spaces still designed according to its needs. So, we need flexible types that make it possible to react to changing life circumstances by simple means.”[3]

Flexibility seems as something positive, but without forgetting opposite thoughts about this issue, we have to balance both negative and positive characteristics. The most important thing is to study the needs for flexibility in the Albanian context and to adapt the apartment scheme according to this reality.

HIGH DENSITY HOUSING

Collective housing architecture is one of the biggest protagonists of everyday architecture in the last century, period in which all the normative, formal and esthetic collections were established. This new typology was developed as a result of an enormous lack for accommodation after the migrant population reached the cities after the Great Wars in Europe. The huge demand for dwelling units required an economic and fast solution. Solution was a uniform building made by standardized components and subsystems. Final result was the thousands of hundreds of dwelling units that couldn’t be transformed and adapted according to different requirements for changes during the time. The first impact was really hard, because for the first time they had to deal with standardization, uniform, stiffness and sometimes even hygienic and dimensional problems.

High-density housing often creates social problems due to the lack of social interaction, anonymity of their inhospitable access environments and failure to provide adequate connection to outdoor space.

“High-density housing remains an anonymous field because the future users are rarely known.  This is a contradiction to the thesis that the best results are achieved if the building is tailored to the individual needs of the inhabitants.” [4]

We need to know how housing needs and other issues of the housing system, such as household numbers and types, are likely to evolve in the medium term, and how they will be affected by changing in economic, market and other conditions. Extending housing options for families in our city, keeps the community vibrant.

Besides all these problems, we can still provide living space with single home qualities by:

-noise protection,

-flexible completion options,

-patios or yards,

-separated entrances,

-latest in technology

-privacy,

-elements that are thought to give “freedom and comfort”

HIGH DENSITY OPTIONS: HYBRID VS SOCIAL CONDENSER

Based on soviet constructivist theories (mainly Moisei Ginzburg and Ignaty Milinis), the social condenser is a type of high-density building that suggests social behavior to its habitants. Its goal was to create public spaces located within the building that would behave like social hierarchy breakers.

Overlapping and layering programs within space through the usage of circulation created all this. Shared circulation areas would serve also as zones with different usages. Being located within the circulation paths, the intention was to stimulate social interaction.

A social condenser is a:

“Programatic layering upon vacant terrain to encourage dynamic coexistence of activities and to generate through their interference, unprecedented events.”

Ginzburg stated in late 1927 that the greatest task of the architect was to create “the social condensers of his epoch. These would serve spatial repositories for the forms of the new life.”

The first experimental dwellings designed for mass production would in the end prove disappointing, but Ginzburg still upheld the importance of industrializing construction in order to solve society’s housing crisis.

One of the buildings associated with the idea is the Narkomfin Building in Moscow (1928-1932) Political events had a huge impact upon the Narkomfin .The ambitions to be the architectural engine of social reform in Russia were so radical that they were abandoned almost as soon as the building was complete.

But there are also other examples such as Unite d’Habitation, the Gallatarese Complex in Milan, Park Hill in London etc.

But what are hybrid buildings?

Hybrid buildings are complex buildings that are not based on remnants of previous mixed typologies, fixed hoping to correlate with each other. They are a new being with a unifying personality that does not reflect any previous model or typology. They are celebrations of diversity, choice, and complexity, variety of programs and to the individual creation of the architect.

It works as a building with multiple skills, combining different functions into one where it feeds on the cross of public and private sphere.

The hybrid building is permeable from the city 24 hours, allowing also its habitants to use every function every time during the day/night timetable. This means that activities are constants and are not restricted by public/private rhythms. It is the creation of a new use building, a full time one.

If we want to describe these types of building by their form or appearance, we can say that they try not to respect the generic building principles of being united into one solid mass.

They function as a habitat created to change, in order to adapt with every programmatic and functional change. There are different examples from nowadays, but also some older ones such as: Torre Velasca, Ihme Zentrum etc.

If we can briefly compare the two types:

Hybrid building

  1. Diversity of uses, including residential
  2. Different initiatives
  3. Insertion adapted to the urban fabric
  4. Public uses

Social Condenser

  1. Residential building with a service program associated to the dwellings
  2. Public initiative
  3. Isolated location in the urban fabric
  4. Exclusive use of the service program by residents

As we see, hybrids are buildings that suit better the nowadays-urban conditions, giving to residents a rich program, but also fitting perfectly into the urban pattern of the city.

Being complex, they allow creativity and original solutions in the composition of the whole as part of a greater complex system, where nothing is predetermined. Typology is not anymore part of a prearranged scheme, but diversity in volumes prevails over tradition and approved practices.

It condenses the functions, but gives freedom to form.

Our aim is to disassemble and reconfigure known configurations into a new proposal that will be inserted into the Student’s City with certain rules that correlate with the existing spaces and buildings.

FLEXIBILITY AS A TOOL FOR REVITALIZATION

The word flexible is derived from the Latin word “flectere” which means bend, curve or bow. The Webster Dictionary describes it as: “capability to adapt to new, different or changing requirements.”

Flexible housing is defined in two ways: as housing that is designed for choice at the design stage, both in terms of social use and construction, or designed for change over its lifetime.

The tendency to design buildings that only correspond to a specific type of household at a specific point in time reflects a way of thinking that is predicated on short-term economics.[5

Families have indeed changed behavior and size and the services that they require are in rapid evolution. Every day we face new family typologies that constantly have different needs. It is no longer necessary to build series of standard houses but flexible homes genetically engineered where everything is different as so are its inhabitants. This means thinking about a residential space easily adaptable to changes over time and to different lifestyles and that allows changeable uses thanks to a higher flexibility.

It is very interested to see that flexibility is not a nowadays concept, but architects thought about this issue a long time ago. It was one of the topics discussed during CIAM meting in 1929, where the CIAM Congress was given the theme “the Minimum Subsistence Dwelling” the focus being on design solutions to the problem of high rents for low wage earners.

Also Mies van der Rohe has his own statement: “The constantly growing diversity of our housing needs, on the other hand, demands great flexibility in the use of the accommodation.  (…) If the architect limits himself to treating the kitchen and the bathroom as constants, because of their plumbing, while partitioning the remaining living area with movable walls, I believe that by these means it is possible to satisfy every reasonable dwelling need.”

According to different authors and researchers, we have different classifications of flexibility:

  1. Schneider and Till in Flexible Housing divide flexibility in 2 main types:

-SOFT Flexibility: “Refers to tactics which allow certain in determinacy. It allows the user to adapt the plan according to their needs, the designer effectively working in the background.”

-HARD Flexibility: “Refers to elements that more specifically determine the way that the design may be used. The designer works in the foreground, determining how spaces can be used over time”

“The design of the dormitory must be “an open process. “Open in the sense of offering continuous interaction with the different spheres of reality, also open in the sense to offer themselves a dialogue and debate that continues between the different participants in the process.

Floor plans must respond to shift in household configurations, changes in family (changing social conditions) Flexible apartments required where most rooms are usage neutral in-neutral space at entrance (guest room, study, additional bedroom). This means thinking beyond the classical way, or in other terms as to imagine the buildings as Platonic solids, Newtonian physics and Aristotelian categories. Flexibility lies also in having a room that can be furnished into different types of spaces.

The end product should be a model, which is relatively easy to use to test a wide range of scenarios.

ADVANTAGES DISADVANTAGES
 

FINANCIAL ARGUMENTS

“Whether flexibility is more expensive is difficult to measure.” But it eliminates old house’s maintenance for selling and new house’s buying.

DEMOGRAPHICS

“Treating housing as a static commodity with fixed design parameters, face problems because it arrives into a world of changing demographics.”

INTERNAL DYNAMICS

“Housing has to be flexible enough to deal with two conditions: the changing needs of individuals as they grow old or less physically able; and the changing constitution of a family as it grows and then contracts.”

OBSOLESCENCE

If housing is not able to respond to change, it becomes at best unsatisfactory, at worst, obsolescent.

USER

“The user acquires the ability to customize, the designs become adaptable, the flexible design enables users to make adjustments on their own terms..”

SUSTAINABILITY

“By acknowledging change as an underlying parameter but accepting the level and extent of change as unknown, flexible housing is inherently sustainable.”

 

 

 

SENSE OF BELONGING

“The awareness that a house can be

Transformed overnight may be disorienting.

It requires that dwellers change the way they think about their homes and the way that architects and builders think about their jobs.”[6]

UNNECESARY FLEXIBILITY

Spend unnecessary money that will never be used.

IMPOSSIBILITY OF ANTICIPATION

Nearly impossible to anticipate the user’s changes.

 

COMMON SPACES – THE CONCEPT OF INTRICACY

Speaking of hybrid buildings and freedom to readapt the living space, we cannot forget to mention the importance of common spaces in these types of complex buildings.

The hybrid is a conglomeration of public and private, where public sometimes prevails and dominates over the private parts.

We explained that in these types of buildings change serves as a matrix and this includes also common spaces.

Settlements that are marketed under the heading as ‘communicative housing’ tend to attract people with a ‘sociable predisposition’. They may expect to find neighbors open to interact with.

Social interaction in a neighborhood is very important for the development of a sustainable society. It develops where spatial characteristics support social interaction between neighbors.

The residential area has certain spatial characteristics that influence or even determine the content and form of the interactions (Kruse, 1974).

One can distinguish spaces that enhance interaction and communal actions from those that inhibit these cohesions.

There are different ways to create spaces that offer the opportunity for chance meetings and for interaction within the neighborhood, but mostly within the buildings.

– Restricting the number of dwellings in a block. Population size and density influence social interaction (Fisher et al., 1977). The size of a neighborhood should be manageable since large groups foster anonymity (Gehl, 1987);

If a certain number of dwellings are exceeded, dwellers just loose oversight as to who is occupant and who is not. The number of dwellings sharing one entrance mediates this factor. The entrances divide the residential population into subgroups, thus increasing clarity.

– Restricting the number of floors. Living high up in a building can result in a loss of contact with the ground floor: the area around the building is reduced to a transit zone, used only for coming and going.

– The ‘orientation’ of dwellings through front, side, and back doors may be outward or inward (AbuGhazzeh, 1999), i.e. the dwelling may open to the garden or a street, or may give the passer-by a feeling of inaccessibility. Which degree of openness or closure is beneficial for social cohesion is hard to say, and has to be considered in combination with the aspect ‘constellation’. It is assumed that dwellings that are orientated toward each other, further social cohesion more strongly than terraced housing, for example.

– Allowing room for play (Gehl, 1987)[7].

– Privatization of the green spaces into allotment gardens.

– Letting paths that residents use for daily activities cross, for example to the bus stop or to service units such as garbage cans (Abu-Ghazzeh, 1999).

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

A deep reflection of the long research on typologies is presented in every solution given to the architecture of the project. Flexibility, hybridity, multi-programs, communicative architecture, new physical typology, etc. are some of the words that could define what this project represents.

It tends to challenge conventional typologies, use innovative approaches in design and create new economic relations.

The whole building works as a mini city, but not in a social condenser type of behavior, more like a hybrid, that does not reflect a previous model, especially for the Albanian society.

Located in a place that the typology and function is strictly defined, the project is aiming on introducing also new behaviors, new lifestyles and new mentalities.

As a hybrid, it tends to merge with its urban pattern and its surroundings, avoiding strong limits and creating every day an inviting space for everyone.

It looks like a participatory project, where the students can decide a lot of things, but every decision is somehow conditioned by the program’s choices. Modules are predefined, extensions are predicted and common spaces are located in strategic places.

Commonly, housing projects are categorized into different typologies according to the number of habitants, circulation, number of floors etc. such as individual house, linear blocks, vertical towers etc.

What happens if we can mix together the positive aspects and benefits of each typology?

Some of the typologies are analyzed for some basic criteria: Privacy, public space, cost and efficiency.

Combining a few of the positive elements of the different typologies, we create a new typology, a hybrid one that takes every benefit from its components.

The new building becomes a complex system that tends to make diversity a tool for choices, a new entity with a unifying personality that does not reflect any previous model or typology, a building with multiple skills, combining different functions into one where it feeds on the cross of public and private sphere.

After combining typologies in form, flows and circulation allow that the transition from one part to the other is not even noticed, creating a being that works as an entire, even if it is created from different pre-conceived pieces.

Multi-programs

The programmatic indeterminacy is the process by which you can define an “open” project in which there is a diversified definition of the inhabited space from the increased multi-functionality and versatility of the areas of use. In the design of the project, diversity should prevail as a matrix, able to favor the coexistence of different types and multiple programs within mechanisms and structures.

The building works as a hybrid:

Diversity should affect the spatial aggregation not only in the horizontal plane but also on the vertical axis, not just residential but also “multi-programmatic” introduced in the design by the study of complex sections.

What usually happens nowadays in our cities and buildings is the fact that all the functions are gathered in the first floors, serving not just the inhabitants but also the casual passengers in the street. This makes a clear separation between the diversity of services provided at the bottom and the mono-functionality of housing at the top levels.

What if every floor has mixed functions and every time you go outside your room you find yourself with the same life rhythm, green spaces and functions as the first floor?

In every level we have not just a mix of different functions, but also different types of privacy. Usually buildings, especially housing ones have e very defined level of privacy: we can find a privacy gradient starting from private spaces in the first levels going up to the ones that are totally private. In this building everything messes up by combining different levels in the same floor.

All the functions are divided into: profitable ones, non-profitable and indeterminate spaces.

Profitable functions include some services like coffee shop, restaurant, medical office, different shops etc.

Non-profitable functions are generally the ones that are used by the habitants and by other visitors without paying for their usage. This includes Wi-Fi spaces, table games, cinema, library, gym and sports etc.

Indeterminate spaces are the ones that are functionally neutral; this means that they are spaces that serve the needs of the habitants: if you have some party or a special occasion; if you want to use this space for studying or doing your architectural model, you can use this kind of spaces that change over time and needs.

After defining all the different types of functions and the multi-programmatic approach to the building, the next step is to locate every function according to the accessibility, frequency of usage, common users etc.

The table shows the distribution of users into the apartments, in different parts of the building and the frequency of usage for every family typology. Student frequently uses some functions, while more large family typologies with children need different types of functions.

Support & infill / Modularity

Structural modules can be connected to form one residential unit. These units can then be arranged along a linear corridor or multiple-loaded interior stairwells. Studying all the flexible examples of housing, modularity come as a natural way to deal with change and transformations.

Modules 2,25m x 2,25m, good dimensions for different functions, compose the entire building. We can use half module for corridors, services etc. and double it or multiply it for rooms, public functions, open spaces etc.

Modularity is also helping in the structural aspect of the building, in a way that any change in the interior parts does not affect or is not affected by the structural grid.

Apartments are also divided into different modules, according to the family type or lifestyle. The smallest apartment is 10 square meters, just for one person, and the largest arrives up to 160 m2 for large families or as a form of individual villas.

Circulation

Circulation is one of the fundamental parts of the project.

The equation given by M.M. and exemplified maximally in the studies of Alexander Klein, states that the best space possible is the one that has:

Minimization of movement

+ no overlap of paths

+ programming  in relation of the natural and productive  phases of  the day

+ dematerialization

+ flow

+ overlapping events

= Space that does not disrupt the body

In this project, circulation plays the role of a catalyst for social interactions. Everything is placed along the paths and, as described in the case of the social condenser, the overlap of the different functions with circulation creates areas of public usage. The building is equipped with large corridors that serve both as a passing space, but also as public space with sitting elements, different functions and green.

The building is complex and you can risk easily transforming it into a labyrinth where people cannot find their own home. This is why we have a hierarchy of circulation:

-Vertical circulation: elevators are distributed every 20-30 m and spread the fluxes throughout every angle of the building.

-Vertical stairs: they are called vertical stairs because they are used just for internal circulation within a particular part of the building and have no other function.

– Horizontal (Diffused) stairs: are connective elements between two different levels of the building, but that allow a smoother spread of the fluxes and a better connection and communication between different parts. These spaces are transformed into public plazas and are distributed along the building in a way to create a flowing space that connects every part.

One will have different options to reach the destination, avoiding this way confusion, perplexity and disorientation in movement.

On the other side if we refer to the existing buildings and the restoration process, we intervene partially to each of them, with different strategies. In the typology of the dormitories where the stairs are the central hub, we add emergency stairs on the lateral areas, such a way we offer higher quality in terms of regulations and access. One important example and interesting typology is the one where we change almost all the access diagram. The dormitories that have a linear corridor in the central part we change them into a circular type of access. This change first of all consists on the utilization of the previous corridor as a space where a small kitchen and toilet can be included, and both rooms from each side can have the extra function inside. Though to bring access to this new typology, we add a circular balcony-corridor, which in itself is as well a new façade for the dormitory.

Access hubs do relate as well with the location of the new added functions. Mainly the staircases are located within the dormitory area and the facilities area. This composition offers direct access for both utilizers of the space. In a more complex and intervened dormitory typology we have the maximum of three access points from which one student can access to the rooms and to the studying and recreation area.

Facades

Façade vary from one building to the other, as long as the existing typologies are different. But still besides this variation we aim to generalize the architectural language throughout the approach of a more contemporary minimal approach. We propose as a first step the restoration of the existing facades and the utilization of monochromatic colors from white ones to soft light grays. On the other hand for the part where we intervene with the addition of new functions and the construction of a whole new structure, we develop the logic of having a lot of glass modules, and movable brie-solei that make the façade changeable and transparent. The variation of these modules and the intelligent utilization of this strategy will give a new identity to the whole site.

For our proposal of new development, having a building that works as a mini-city, the best choice was to use different patterns for the facades, in order to differentiate the complex parts of the building. This way, orientation throughout the building is made a lot easier. In the inner parts of the courtyards, colors are used to create different identities of the mini blocks, just how neighborhoods work in real scale cities. Transparency is used as a tool to create different configurations of the façade: somewhere we can find totally transparent openings, in other parts this openings become more opaque. The presence of the net (perforated material) can be found again in the new typology. The net has both functions as brie-solei in some parts, but it is also used to create a gradient of intimacy in the relation indoor-outdoor.

Challenges

How to increase the quality of life for the students?

How to increase the capacity for accommodation?

How to define a strategy for efficiency in communication, comfort and usability?

How to redevelop the existing dormitories?

How to create a city within a city?

How to enrich the potential of the whole campus?

CONCEPT

On achieving all the necessary requirements to reach our aim on realizing a hybridization of the Student’s City, we applied an acupunctural intervention. We collected all the necessary functions and programs that were missing inside the city and in the surroundings, and spread them as small interventions in the existing buildings. The strategy of having a city for the students, but not only, was a dare idea to introduce a new type of dormitory, where flexibility is the key concept. We implement various possibilities in terms of spatial utilization of the space and maximum usability. We experiment by creating a new hybrid neighborhood, where portions of the buildings create a whole, complement one another and function together. The inclusion of the outdoor in the indoor is as well an important element, from which we get more relaxing and recreating spaces.

The implementation

The first phase is the most urgent one, the reconstruction of the existing buildings. The reconstruction will include the addition of the Add-ons and the restoration of the existing dormitories. Even this phase in itself can be divided in sub-steps, which may include the intervention into different blocks of dormitories in different periods of time.

The second phase would be the intervention into the infrastructure of the Student’s City. The construction of the new plaza and the addition of the new artistic center and sport area would be the main elements of the phase.

The third phase would be the construction of the new development area. The whole block may be developed in the same time together, as long as the site location it is actually not used.

The forth phase would be the addition of the new dormitories in the areas in-between the old dormitories. This phase will include as well the urban definition of the surroundings.

This fifth phase will include the new development of the northern part of Student’s City. It will be dedicated to the construction of three new other hybrid dormitories and the development of a new artistic area, mediatheque, recreation centers, expo center that will elaborate in relation to the central library and art center.

[1] Jacobs Jane, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Modern Library (1961) pg.428-448

[2] Hillier Ben, Space is a machine

[3] Christian  Schittich, The Challenge of High-Density Housing, Bern, 2000

[4] Christian  Schittich   “The Challenge of High-Density Housing”

[5]Schneider Tatjana, Flexible housing: opportunities and limits

[7] Jan Gehl , Cities for People

soupreme court and school of magistrate

TEAM COMPOSITION
International Team
ALN | ARCHITEKTURBÜROLEINHÄUPL + NEUBER GMBH
Markus Neuber architect& civil engineering
Paul Rapp civil engineering &cost estimator
Katharina Riedl andscape architect
Valentina Damian architect& urban designer
Klaus Köstler architect& urban designer
Peter Naumburg architect & Fire protection planner
Petrit Pasha architect& urban designerStefano Baldon architect& urban designer
Stefania Di Pisa architect& energy consultant
Local Team
STUDIOARCH4
Gjergji Dushniku architect& urban designer
Klaudjo Cari architect& urban designer
Rezart Struga architect& urban designer
Lorin Cekrezi architect& urban designer
Arnisa Kryeziu architect& heritage specialist
Renis Batalli architect& urban designer
Felissia Veliu architect& urban designer
Samaela Lala architect& urban designer

 

INTRODUCTION

Among public buildings, courthouse facilities represent a unique and interesting building type: on one hand, for a large portion of the society they present a point of contact with the government, especially the judicial system, and as such, in the eyes of the public, courthouse facilities have a great symbolic value where they represents justice, fairness, and equality among members of the society, which means that the architecture and design of courthouse buildings is charged with meaning and symbolic values.
Accordingly, courthouse buildings have varying architectural styles depending on the subjective interpretation of the designer/s of the aesthetics associated with the values mentioned above as well as the aesthetics of the community for which the courthouse is being designed for and the judicial staff that is involved in the design process.
On the other hand, courthouses facilities adhere to a strong and explicit functional program that maintains certain relations and rules; typically conceived and designed as “sorting machines”, courthouses exhibit very clear and distinct patterns of circulation as well as clearly defined functional zones and spaces associated with these circulation networks.
Thus, courthouse facilities are “strong program” buildings i.e. “buildings where most of what happens is specified by explicit or tacit rules, and built into the spatial structure of the building.” (Hillier, Hanson & Peponis, 1984, p. 69). Furthermore, Hillier (1996) noted that buildings of a culturally defined functional type e.g. courthouses in specific time and space tend to have common spatial properties in the way different functions are spatialized.
Accordingly, it can be argued that despite the fact courthouse facilities vary to a great extent in their size, complexity, form and configuration, and architectural style, that underlying the designs of many contemporary courthouse facilities, there are well formulated functional1 structures and patterns that have a formal configuration especially in the design of courtroom floors that are shared among a population of courthouses, and that there is a finite set of these functional structures/patterns that underlie the design of many courtroom floor in courthouse buildings.

WHAT IS THE SUPREME COURT? HISTORICAL BACKGRUOND
The Supreme Court, based in Tirana, is the highest judicial authority in the Republic of Albania. Its main mission is to examine the request of the parties, the decisions of the courts of lower instances. It is important in the design of the building to understand how the Supreme Court is organized and which are its functions. The Supreme Court is represented by its chairman , who is assisted by counselors and support staff.
The Supreme Court is held in two Colleges (criminal and civil), who try appeals for judicial matters according to the rules laid down in the Code of Civil Procedure and the Code of Criminal Procedure. Besides trial Colleges (criminal and civil), the Supreme Court judges are part of the United Colleges, which means that the panel of judges composed of all judges of both Chambers. Judges of the High Court are supported by their legal aid. They can have up to two such, who select themselves among lawyers who meet the legal requirements to be named a judge of the Court of First Instance or the Court of Appeal.

THEORITICAL APPROACH
Access, transparency, exposure, clarity of organization, lighting, and inclusion are
six different ways, which have been used by Architects in creating new courts.
Design strategies related to public entry point and the facade can be observed in comparison
with other strategies range. More specifically, articulation entry, entry-glance, and the
creation of inviting entry, along with ensuring transparency inside-out, are the most frequently
used strategies.
Other groupings include internal strategies (organizational clarity, illumination and inclusion as transparency), and external strategies (exposure, transparency). Interaction strategies also need to be defined and well-developed. For example, discussions on the articulation of entry are very detailed and specific. There are many references to a central atrium space or functional separation serving as agents of the organization.
The same can be said about the lighting and in a lesser extent for inclusion.
Overall, cooperation strategies should be defined and well-developed compared with the
strategies of internal or external. More specifically, all three interpretations of transparency and entry strategies related to design (articulation of entry, the entry visible and inviting entrance) seems to be in the details.
Reducing the impact of imposing security at ports of entry is probably easier.
Safety affects the provision of numerous traffic. The design of the court building is in the
design flow, where public employee’s roads are allocated for security reasons. Design of
multiple rotations to the public in such a scenario probably proves to be a very challenging
task.
Cof public officials / social and celebrations in a security situation could prove to
be a major area of conflict. Only an internal strategy that seems to have less conflict, is
in the field of transparency as lighting. So it appears that some strategies that are more
developed and detailed, are where designers experience a relatively conflict-free environment
decision. Less implemented strategy should be those who experience conflict
with security or economic considerations. In contemporary architecture, one will witness a
growing focus on cooperation strategies,
and in a lesser extent in the interior and external strategies to the courthouse.
Design of access points, inviting the public, extended the area with glass facade and roofs, will probably constitute the main point of departure from the designs of the previous courthouses.
Due to social, political, economic and technological factors , public areas has been changing. Public and governmental buildings are going through changes, to maintain the level of interaction of the elected government of a democratic society. Opening a relatively new construct, should represent the great momentum that difference.
Connectivity between spaces is a fundamental property of Court buildings and
thus plays a key role in functionality and working properly the court system. We draw a distinction between visual connections, and paths that connect the physical movement of persons. Visual connections are necessary for orientation, and for creating a coherent picture of a building setting. Nevertheless, because they do not always coincide with paths and roads. The interdependence between visual connections and paths is highly complex, and will be treated in building with unity.
Supreme Court hast to work properly between Public and semi-Public space, the itself
cases and the story behind the idea of justice has to be open and clear in front of society
– the border between the inside and outside has to be invisible. Same rules have to
be implemented also for interior spaces in order to have proper connectivity and smooth
movement.

TYPOLOGIES STUDY

In the case of many institutional buildings, such as courts, program and functional requirements represent the basic elements that will influence the spatial layout of the building and in its final form. Thus, a way to study the courts is to identify functional structures in judicial floors, which will affect the shape and layout of the court through the development of an analytical typology.
The purpose of the analysis is to identify these functional structures that underlie the contemporary design in many courts, and their spatial implications and, through this, to derive conclusions about the similarities and commonalities between them, and to place them as functional prototypes.
This research is based on functional structures, based on which it is concluded that should be analyzed two main floors prototypes court type. These can be identified by their geometric configuration, central and linear. This based on the functional structures that are found.
The purpose of the analytical typology is not to reproduce existing buildings, but to identify the key components or elements of buildings, and describe these together in an overall composition. Typology in the case of this research is based on practical and functional considerations and not in a formal, although they are closely related.
In order to approach the functioning of the court more, we should understand it as organized
functional system. This understanding is best done through charts and diagrams, which explicitly present the court functions and their relationships. After analyzing the different floors plans, they can be grouped into two main first prototypes by their configuration. The essential difference between these two prototypes depends on the location of public space, ie. whether it is centralized between courtrooms and accessed from both sides, or if it is located on the outskirts of configuration and access to courtrooms are only one side of the public space.

A. Central typologies
In this prototype, the courtroom floor has a central public space in courtrooms on either side of the central space and limited areas, or private, in the suburbs. In this prototype, public circulation is concentrated in the center of a rectangular shape. Four courtrooms
are located in the public area. Private or restricted circulation of linking different parts of the court limited: suites of judges, jury deliberation, support the court and the courtroom, along with limited vertical circulation.
B. Linear typologies
In this configuration, public space is linear and is found on one side of the configuration, and courtrooms determine its internal sides. It takes the form of a linear corridor / connector courtroom, deciding between public area and restricted area. In this prototype, the movement takes a linear model in both public and restricted areas.

In the case of criminal courtrooms, three separate and distinct entry points should be provided;
a single public entry point from the public zone, a restricted or private entry point for the judicial
officers, court personnel through one or two entry points from the restricted circulation system, and
a secured entry point for defendants in custody from the secure circulation system. Usually a wooden
railing in a manner that controls movement of the public separates the spectator area and
the litigation area.
According to the guidelines, these functions i.e. chambers, support staff workstations, reception
area, research attorney offices and conference rooms should be clustered or grouped together
along with their services for the better functional and technical reasons. In some cases, all these
functions may be in a single room, in others, they may be clustered on the same floor or on
separate floors- shortcomings of such clustering may require a small robbing area and a
conference room adjacent to each courtroom on courtroom floors, and in some other ones some
functions may not be provided at all.

CONCEPT

– Restoring the historical layer
– Different private / public layers
– Connection court / magistrate school
– Sustainability / sensibility towards nature
Restoring the historical layer
A very important part of our vision consist in preserving the historical layer of the excising
structure, restoring it where it is needed . The intervention will happen just in the interior
part of the building with different ways of organizing the existing space, accommodating
the new layout of the juridical administration.
Different private / public layers
One of the approaches consists in the separation and the connection of public and private, allowing the public to penetrate into the building (the principle of transparency and openness for the citizens), but also giving to the administration and to the school the needed privacy. The structure is divided into private (administration, offices, archives), interface (courtrooms) and public. Part of the public space are the open parks (greenery), waiting areas, canteens etc. The access and the movement is organized in order to provide this division of private/
public, achieving also the required security of the judges/defendants.

Connection court / magistrate school
The magistrate school is a new addition near the Supreme Court and its functions are
connected with the court, functioning as cooperating structures. The judges of the supreme court will provide their expertise, their knowledge and help for the new students of the magistrate school, meanwhile the new judges will help and work as assistance for the collegiums of judges. That’s why the two functions are positioned near each other and are connected. Also, the juridical administration can use the functions (canteen, library, auditorium) of the magistrate school.
Sustainability / sensibility towards nature
We are very sensitive towards nature and want to preserve the green elements of the area. The existing structure and park area are preserved, and the new building will be implemented semi-underground. The upper part of the new courtrooms will be covered in trees and greenery , allowing the light to enter the building, but having a low impact in nature. The light will enter through the patios, and the courtrooms will have artificial light and ventilation. This semi-underground structure is possible using the inclination of the terrain.

Supreme court administation
The existing building will be restored and all the administrative functions, juridical body offices, head of the supreme court,etc will be accomodated into this building.
Two upper floors will serve as offices for the juridical body, allowing them more privacy from the public eye.
The groung floor will accomodate the more public functions such as reception, library, waiting areas etc.
Meanwhile the undergroung floor will serve for the archive, security sector, etc, bur also as a connection for the administrative building with the new court rooms.
The building is a second category monument, so we will preserve the ouside building, bur there will be changes in the inside to distribute all the functions
Magistrate school
It was impossible to accomodate all the required functions in the existing building, so we are adding an addition , that will serve as a more open and public building with conference rooms, canteen, library etc/
The existig building will serve as a space for the students, with classes, workshop rooms, study rooms etc. The two building are connected with brigdes with each other.
In order to give more importance to the monumental building, also considering the fact that the building is in the middle of the park, we wanted to “hide” the new construction, so we are creating this iillusion with the facade: glass facade that is reflecting the surroundings.
Court rooms
According to the requirements, we are adding four different types of court rooms: civil, penal, administrative united college
The penal court room requires high level of security, so we provided every necessary element such as separate entrances, high control, isolation rooms etc.
The distribution of the entrances/fluxes is in such way that the administration/judges will never have direct contact with the public or the criminals.
We decided to build the court rooms underground, being in such way less invasive in the surrounding nature, but providing very nice waiting areas for the public.
Light is a very important element, allowing natural lighting inside the courts and giving the impression of something very monumental/ intimidating, the feeling that you have to create inside a court room

The project can be seen as three different elements that work together:
1. The reconstruction of the existing building – Accomodating the administrative / jurors functions
2. The reconstruction / building of the extension in the magistrate school
3. The construction of the court rooms as undergroung spaces

‘Kamëz e Re’ School

EN

“Kamëz e Re” school is located in Kamëz on “Kongresi i Manastirit” street, near the “Kamëz e Re” kindergarten. The school serves elementary cycles in the morning hours and the secondary cycle in the afternoon hours. The reconstruction project for the school consists in interventions in the interior of the school, the facade, in the improvement of the electrical systems, heating, cooling and lighting system and an addition in volume to best handle the capacity of the students who occupy it. This project proposes increasing the capacity of the school in number of classrooms, and an indoor gym environment to develop physical education schedules according to standards. Key changes that have occurred to the interior of the existing part of the school include the proposal for a skylight covering the existing atrium trail on the ground floor. This intervention was made to allow as much natural light as possible to penetrate into the school premises, especially in the hall, which had a lack of natural light. The facade has also changed, especially in the entrance area, making it more accessible to all students, while giving it a more aesthetic and inviting look for students of any cycle. The school as a whole has become more accessible, as in addition to the modification of the entrance ramp, it also offers an elevator in the lobby of the building, and has special facilities dedicated to children with disabilities.

AL

Shkolla “Kamëz e Re” ndodhet në Kamëz në rrugën “Kongresi i Manastirit”, pranë kopshtit “Kamëz e Re”. Shkolla i shërben cikleve 9 vjeçare në oraret e paradites dhe ciklit të gjimnazit në oraret e pasdites. Projekti i rikonstruksionit për shkollën konsiston në ndërhyrje në interierin e shkollës dhe në fasadë, në përmirësimimin e sistemeve elektrike, ngrohjes ftohjes dhe ndriçimit dhe në shtesë volumi për të përballuar më së miri kapacitetin e studentëve që e okupojnë. Kjo projekt ide propozon rritjen e kapacitetit të shkollës në numër klasash, dhe ambjent palestre të mbyllur për të zhvilluar oraret e edukimit fizik sipas standarteve. Ndryshimet kyçe që kanë ndodhur në interierin e pjesës ekzistuese të shkollës përfshijnë propozimin për një skylight që mbulon gjurmën ekzistuese të atriumit ne katin e parë. Kjo ndërhyrje ështe bërë për të lejuar sa më shumë dritë natyrale të depërtojë në ambjentet e shkollës, sidomos në pjesën e hollit, e cila kishte mungeëse te ndriçimit natyral. Fasada ka ndryshuar gjithashtu, sidomos në pjesën e hyrjes, duke e bëre më të aksesueshme për të gjithë studentët, duke i dhënë njëkohësisht një pamje më estetike dhe ftuese për studentët e çdo cikli. Shkolla në tërësi është bërë më e aksesueshme, pasi përveç modifikimit të hyrjes me rampë ofron dhe një ashencor në hollin e objektit, dhe ka ambjente të posaçme dedikuar fëmijëve me aftësi të kufizuar.

‘Bernardina Qerraxhi’ School

EN

‘Bernardina Qerraxhi’ school, the professional sports national school, is located in Durrës. As a result of the earthquake on November 26, 2019, the building suffered major damage and needed to be reconstructed, following the new design standards and the provision of specific spaces for its sports character. The project includes the school building, a new gym and the dormitory space. The area offers the possibility of distributing these functions in different buildings giving the opportunity to design outdoor spaces which will serve and connect them. An important point in the design process is the combination of several spaces that can serve also the community, not just the students.

AL

Shkolla ‘Bernardina Qerraxhi’, shkolla kombëtare profesionale e sporteve, ndodhet në Durrës. Si pasojë e tërmetit të 26 Nëntor 2019, ndërtesa pësoi dëme të mëdha dhe duhet rikonstruktuar, duke ndjekur edhe standarte të reja të projektimit dhe ofrimin e hapësirave specifike për karakterin sportiv. Projekti përfshin godinën e shkollës, një palestër të re, dhe hapësira për konvikte. Zona ofron mundësinë e shpërndarjes së këtyre funksioneve në godina të ndryshme duke dhënë mundësinë për të projektuar edhe hapësira të jashtme të cilat do i shërbejnë dhe do lidhin objektet e ndara. Pikë e rëndësishme në projektim është ndërthurja e disa hapësirave që mund ti shërbejnë edhe komunitetit, jo vetëm studentëve.

SHKOLLA DRITAS

EN

The project that will be developed for the Dritas school is a construction from scratch. The new building is 2 floors above ground and takes a regular rectangular geometric shape. Orientation follows the orientation of the land to be built, ie Southeast – Northwest. The new school building will also include pre-school classes for children of different levels.
The building is 3773 m2. Outdoor courtyards and recreational spaces are of particular importance in this project where 460 m2 is the schoolyard, 360 m2 is the garden and 377 m2 is the accessible porch from the school. The school is transformed into an object of particular importance to the area because of the outdoor accommodation that can be accessed by residents. It includes a large public staircase that is interpreted as a public space. This staircase is located in the northern part of the building opposite the main entrance. In the following, a colonnade was created as a continuation of the sidewalk that can be used by community residents. In the south side of the building there is a green space.

AL

Projekti që do të zhvillohet për shkollën Dritas është ndërtim nga e para. Objekti i ri është 2 kate mbi tokë dhe merr një formë gjeometrike të rregullt drejtkëndore. Orientimi ndjek orientimin e tokës ku do të ndërtohet, dmth Juglindje – Veriperëndim. Ndërtimi i ri i shkollës do të përfshijë gjithashtu klasa për fëmijë parashkollor të niveleve të ndryshme.
Objekti në tërësi është 3773 m2. Oborret e jashtme dhe hapësirat rekreative kanë rëndësi të veçantë në këtë projekt ku 460 m2 është oborri i shkollës, 360 m2 është oborri i kopshtit dhe 377 m2 është veranda e aksesueshme nga shkolla. Shkolla kthehet në një objekt me rëndësi të veçantë për zonën në sajë të sistemimeve të jashtme që krijohen mund të aksesohen nga banorët e lagjes. Në to përfshihet një shkallë e madhe publike që interpretohet si hapësire publike. Kjo shkallë gjendet në pjesën veriore të objektit përballë me hyrjen kryesore. Në vazhdim është krijuar një kolonadë si vazhdimësi e trotuarit që mund të përdoret nga banorët e komunitetit. Në jug të objektit është lejuar hapesirë e gjelbër.