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Thursday, October 01, 2020

MVRDV to transform a pyramid in Albania into a technological center

The Dutch firm MVRDV has unveild its initial design for a new technology education center in downtown Tirana, the capital of Albania. The location is the interior of a pyramidal monument, formerly a museum devoted to the Albanian communist leader Enver Hoxha that was built in the 1980s. Through the years, it was used as a temporary base for NATO, a nightclub, and an event space. After more than a decade in disuse, the pyramid with its 11,800 square meters maintains its strong presence in the urban environment, serving as a usual meeting point and venue for protests and demonstrations. For this purpose the learning center will have a passable roof with a command of views. The design tries to optimize the entrance of natural light into the central atrium, which will be high enough to accommodate trees. Along with large glazed surfaces on the roof, several doors at ground level will contribute to making the building porous and accessible. Construction is expected to be complete by June 2019.
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