MET Tirana Building

New residences and offices for downtown Tirana

A new landmark for the city

The MET Tirana Building is a new residential and office building located in one of the most important and central areas of Tirana, along Boulevardi Zhan D’ark, near the Pyramid of Tirana. Conceived as if it were a new species of plant, the MET Tirana is a strikingly expressive building characterized by a certain degree of monumentality, as required by the context.

Transforming constrains into an opportunity

The architectural configuration transforms the constraints of urban regulations into an opportunity to experiment with “excavated” volumes. Thus the elliptical shape of the building becomes a play of spiraling terraces. The articulation of the volumes, the composition of the facade based on an alternation of opaque and transparent modules, and the floor-to-ceiling glazing at the ground level give the building a sense of elegance and lightness. The image that inspired the architecture is that of Berat, the “white city with 1000 windows.”

Transforming constrains into an opportunity

The architectural configuration transforms the constraints of urban regulations into an opportunity to experiment with “excavated” volumes. Thus the elliptical shape of the building becomes a play of spiraling terraces. The articulation of the volumes, the composition of the facade based on an alternation of opaque and transparent modules, and the floor-to-ceiling glazing at the ground level give the building a sense of elegance and lightness. The image that inspired the architecture is that of Berat, the “white city with 1000 windows.”

Transforming constrains into an opportunity

The architectural configuration transforms the constraints of urban regulations into an opportunity to experiment with “excavated” volumes. Thus the elliptical shape of the building becomes a play of spiraling terraces. The articulation of the volumes, the composition of the facade based on an alternation of opaque and transparent modules, and the floor-to-ceiling glazing at the ground level give the building a sense of elegance and lightness. The image that inspired the architecture is that of Berat, the “white city with 1000 windows.”

Trasformare i vincoli in opportunità

Transforming constrains into an opportunity

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Trasformare i vincoli in opportunità

La configurazione architettonica dell’edificio trasforma i limiti rappresentati dalla restrittività dei vincoli urbanistici, nell’opportunità di sperimentare l’architettura “scavata”, in cui la morfologia ellittica viene plasmata attraverso un gioco di terrazze a spirale. L’articolazione volumetrica unita a un disegno della facciata, scandito dalla variazione di moduli opachi e trasparenti e un attacco a terra completamente vetrato, conferiscono all’edificio eleganza e leggerezza. L’immagine evocativa è la città di Berat, la “città bianca dalle 1000 finestre”.

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A sculpted green building

The building is “lightened” as it goes up through a progressive subtraction of volume so that most of the elliptical plan has been removed on the top floor. This configuration made it possible to create large terraces on the upper residential floors, embellished with planters big enough for trees and large shrubs. The fully-glazed walls of the apartments facing the terraces permit both generous amounts of natural light and ample views of the surrounding environment.

The vegetation that “inhabits” the building, consisting of climatically adaptive species, transforms the building into a sort of gigantic tree that changes its appearance according to the seasons.The playful sculpting of the building’s volumes, its surfaces’ rhythmic texture, and its tree-planted terraces’ environmental qualities all combine to create an elegant work of urban revitalization that fits perfectly into the context of Tirana’s Bulevardi.

A sculpted green building

The building is “lightened” as it goes up through a progressive subtraction of volume so that most of the elliptical plan has been removed on the top floor. This configuration made it possible to create large terraces on the upper residential floors, embellished with planters big enough for trees and large shrubs. The fully-glazed walls of the apartments facing the terraces permit both generous amounts of natural light and ample views of the surrounding environment.

The vegetation that “inhabits” the building, consisting of climatically adaptive species, transforms the building into a sort of gigantic tree that changes its appearance according to the seasons.The playful sculpting of the building’s volumes, its surfaces’ rhythmic texture, and its tree-planted terraces’ environmental qualities all combine to create an elegant work of urban revitalization that fits perfectly into the context of Tirana’s Bulevardi.

A sculpted green building

The building is “lightened” as it goes up through a progressive subtraction of volume so that most of the elliptical plan has been removed on the top floor. This configuration made it possible to create large terraces on the upper residential floors, embellished with planters big enough for trees and large shrubs. The fully-glazed walls of the apartments facing the terraces permit both generous amounts of natural light and ample views of the surrounding environment.

The vegetation that “inhabits” the building, consisting of climatically adaptive species, transforms the building into a sort of gigantic tree that changes its appearance according to the seasons.The playful sculpting of the building’s volumes, its surfaces’ rhythmic texture, and its tree-planted terraces’ environmental qualities all combine to create an elegant work of urban revitalization that fits perfectly into the context of Tirana’s Bulevardi.

Un edificio dalle forme iconiche

A sculpted green building

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Un edificio dalle forme iconiche

Nel procedere verso i piani superiori l’edificio si alleggerisce per sottrazione di volumetria; all’ultimo piano la quasi totalità della pianta ellittica risulta scavata. Questo sviluppo dell’edificio consente, nei piani superiori destinati alle residenze, la creazione di grandi terrazze, impreziosite da vasche di alberature e arbusti. Le grandi vetrate degli alloggi verso le terrazze permettono un elevato apporto di luce naturale e scorci verso l’esterno.

La vegetazione che “abita” l’edificio è pensata con specie climaticamente adattive, che fanno dell’architettura un vero e proprio albero che muta l’aspetto seguendo la scansione stagionale. L’esito è un’architettura che acquisisce definizione nel gioco di volumi, matericità nella scansione delle superfici e qualità ambientale grazie alle terrazze alberate, ponendosi come elemento di rigenerazione urbana in continuità con il Bulevardi.

Green comfort

The architectural shapes result in the residential terraces becoming wider and more spacious on the upper floors. For these spaces, the landscaping project’s goal was to create various outdoor living environments based on three compositional devices: planters of different heights, greenbelt, rooms immersed in the green.

Green comfort

The architectural shapes result in the residential terraces becoming wider and more spacious on the upper floors. For these spaces, the landscaping project’s goal was to create various outdoor living environments based on three compositional devices: planters of different heights, greenbelt, rooms immersed in the green.

Green comfort

The architectural shapes result in the residential terraces becoming wider and more spacious on the upper floors. For these spaces, the landscaping project’s goal was to create various outdoor living environments based on three compositional devices: planters of different heights, greenbelt, rooms immersed in the green.

Green comfort

Green comfort

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Green comfort

Quale esito dell’articolazione architettonica, le terrazze dei piani superiori acquistano ampiezza e spazialità alle quote più alte delle residenze. In queste aree il progetto del verde mira a creare spazi di vita sempre diversi, secondo tre differenti articolazioni: planters di diverse altezze, nastro verde, stanze immerse nel verde.

The bioclimatic project

The bioclimatic project

The bioclimatic project

Il progetto bioclimatico

The bioclimatic project

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Il progetto bioclimatico

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Client
MET Invest
Location
Tirana, Albania
Year
2014
Type
Mixed-use Building
Category
Architecture
Area
3,2062 sqm
Status
In Progress

Project

Mario Cucinella Architects

Project Team

MCA
Mario Cucinella
Design Director
Design Leader
Architect
Tommaso Bettini
Project Leader
Team Member
Elena Giugni
Team Member
Competition
Architect
Eurind Caka
Team Member
Project Leader
Architect
Paolo Greco
Team Member
Interior Design
MCA
Lucrezia Rendace
Team Member
Project Director
Marco Dell’Agli
Team Member
Project Director
Michele Roveri
Team Member
Senior Architect
Senior Architect, Computational Design Expert
Angelo Ungarelli
Team Member
Senior Architect
Architect
Kseniya Shkroban
Team Member
Marta Bordi
Team Member
Marta Torsello
Team Member
Senior Architect
Architect
Francesca Fochi
Team Member
Project Leader
Luca Vernocchi
Team Member
Architect
Laura La Mendola
Team Member
Design Leader
Design Director
Michele Olivieri
Team Member
Project Leader
Giovanni Sanna
Team Member
Project Leader
Design Manager
Francesco Visco
Team Member
Project Leader
Alberto Menozzi
R&D
Project Director
Team Member
Andrea Rossi
R&D
R&D/Team Member
Team Member
Elena Biason
Visual Artist Coordinator
Visual Unit Manager
Alessia Monacelli
MCA
Mario Cucinella
Design Director
Design Leader
Architect
Tommaso Bettini
Project Leader
Team Member
Elena Giugni
Team Member
Competition
Architect
Eurind Caka
Team Member
Project Leader
Architect
Paolo Greco
Team Member
Interior Design
MCA
Lucrezia Rendace
Team Member
Project Director
Marco Dell’Agli
Team Member
Project Director
Michele Roveri
Team Member
Senior Architect
Senior Architect, Computational Design Expert
Angelo Ungarelli
Team Member
Senior Architect
Architect
Kseniya Shkroban
Team Member
Marta Bordi
Team Member
Marta Torsello
Team Member
Senior Architect
Architect
Francesca Fochi
Team Member
Project Leader
Luca Vernocchi
Team Member
Architect
Laura La Mendola
Team Member
Design Leader
Design Director
Michele Olivieri
Team Member
Project Leader
Giovanni Sanna
Team Member
Project Leader
Design Manager
Francesco Visco
Team Member
Project Leader
Alberto Menozzi
R&D
Project Director
Team Member
Andrea Rossi
R&D
R&D/Team Member
Team Member
Elena Biason
Visual Artist Coordinator
Visual Unit Manager
Alessia Monacelli
MCA
Mario Cucinella
Design Director
Design Leader
Architect
Tommaso Bettini
Project Leader
Team Member
Elena Giugni
Team Member
Competition
Architect
Eurind Caka
Team Member
Project Leader
Architect
Paolo Greco
Team Member
Interior Design
MCA
Lucrezia Rendace
Team Member
Project Director
Marco Dell’Agli
Team Member
Project Director
Michele Roveri
Team Member
Senior Architect
Senior Architect, Computational Design Expert
Parametric Designer/Team Member
Angelo Ungarelli
Team Member
Senior Architect
Architect
Kseniya Shkroban
Team Member
Marta Bordi
Team Member
Marta Torsello
Team Member
Senior Architect
Architect
Francesca Fochi
Team Member
Project Leader
Luca Vernocchi
Team Member
Architect
Laura La Mendola
Team Member
Design Leader
Design Director
Michele Olivieri
Team Member
Project Leader
Giovanni Sanna
Team Member
Project Leader
Design Manager
Project Leader - Progetto Preliminare
Francesco Visco
Team Member
Project Leader
Alberto Menozzi
R&D
Project Director
Team Member
Project Leader
R&D Specialist
Andrea Rossi
R&D
R&D/Team Member
Team Member
R&D Specialist
Elena Biason
Visual Artist Coordinator
Visual Unit Manager
Alessia Monacelli
MCA
Mario Cucinella
Design Director
Design Leader
Architect
Tommaso Bettini
Project Leader
Team Member
Elena Giugni
Team Member
Competition
Architect
Eurind Caka
Team Member
Project Leader
Architect
Paolo Greco
Team Member
Interior Design
MCA
Lucrezia Rendace
Team Member
Project Director
Marco Dell’Agli
Team Member
Project Director
Michele Roveri
Team Member
Senior Architect
Senior Architect, Computational Design Expert
Parametric Designer/Team Member
Angelo Ungarelli
Team Member
Senior Architect
Architect
Kseniya Shkroban
Team Member
Marta Bordi
Team Member
Marta Torsello
Team Member
Senior Architect
Architect
Francesca Fochi
Team Member
Project Leader
Luca Vernocchi
Team Member
Architect
Laura La Mendola
Team Member
Design Leader
Design Director
Michele Olivieri
Team Member
Project Leader
Giovanni Sanna
Team Member
Project Leader
Design Manager
Project Leader - Progetto Preliminare
Francesco Visco
Team Member
Project Leader
Alberto Menozzi
R&D
Project Director
Team Member
Project Leader
R&D Specialist
Andrea Rossi
R&D
R&D/Team Member
Team Member
R&D Specialist
Elena Biason
Visual Artist Coordinator
Visual Unit Manager
Alessia Monacelli
MCA
Mario Cucinella
Design Director
Design Leader
Architect
Tommaso Bettini
Project Leader
Team Member
Elena Giugni
Team Member
Competition
Architect
Eurind Caka
Team Member
Project Leader
Architect
Paolo Greco
Team Member
Interior Design
MCA
Lucrezia Rendace
Team Member
Project Director
Marco Dell’Agli
Team Member
Project Director
Michele Roveri
Team Member
Senior Architect
Senior Architect, Computational Design Expert
Parametric Designer/Team Member
Angelo Ungarelli
Team Member
Senior Architect
Architect
Kseniya Shkroban
Team Member
Marta Bordi
Team Member
Marta Torsello
Team Member
Senior Architect
Architect
Francesca Fochi
Team Member
Project Leader
Luca Vernocchi
Team Member
Architect
Laura La Mendola
Team Member
Design Leader
Design Director
Michele Olivieri
Team Member
Project Leader
Giovanni Sanna
Team Member
Project Leader
Design Manager
Project Leader - Progetto Preliminare
Francesco Visco
Team Member
Project Leader
Alberto Menozzi
R&D
Project Director
Team Member
Project Leader
Andrea Rossi
R&D
R&D/Team Member
Team Member
R&D Specialist
Elena Biason
Visual Artist Coordinator
Visual Unit Manager
Alessia Monacelli
MCA
Mario Cucinella
Design Director
Design Leader
Architect
Tommaso Bettini
Project Leader
Team Member
Elena Giugni
Team Member
Competition
Architect
Eurind Caka
Team Member
Project Leader
Architect
Paolo Greco
Team Member
Interior Design
MCA
Lucrezia Rendace
Team Member
Project Director
Marco Dell’Agli
Team Member
Project Director
Michele Roveri
Team Member
Senior Architect
Senior Architect, Computational Design Expert
Angelo Ungarelli
Team Member
Senior Architect
Architect
Kseniya Shkroban
Team Member
Marta Bordi
Team Member
Marta Torsello
Team Member
Senior Architect
Architect
Francesca Fochi
Team Member
Project Leader
Luca Vernocchi
Team Member
Architect
Laura La Mendola
Team Member
Design Leader
Design Director
Michele Olivieri
Team Member
Project Leader
Giovanni Sanna
Team Member
Project Leader
Design Manager
Francesco Visco
Team Member
Project Leader
Alberto Menozzi
R&D
Project Director
Team Member
Andrea Rossi
R&D
R&D/Team Member
Team Member
Elena Biason
Visual Artist Coordinator
Visual Unit Manager
Alessia Monacelli
MCA
Mario Cucinella
Design Director
Design Leader
Architect
Tommaso Bettini
Project Leader
Team Member
Elena Giugni
Team Member
Competition
Architect
Eurind Caka
Team Member
Project Leader
Architect
Paolo Greco
Team Member
Interior Design
MCA
Lucrezia Rendace
Team Member
Project Director
Marco Dell’Agli
Team Member
Project Director
Michele Roveri
Team Member
Senior Architect
Senior Architect, Computational Design Expert
Angelo Ungarelli
Team Member
Senior Architect
Architect
Kseniya Shkroban
Team Member
Marta Bordi
Team Member
Marta Torsello
Team Member
Senior Architect
Architect
Francesca Fochi
Team Member
Project Leader
Luca Vernocchi
Team Member
Architect
Laura La Mendola
Team Member
Design Leader
Design Director
Michele Olivieri
Team Member
Project Leader
Giovanni Sanna
Team Member
Project Leader
Design Manager
Francesco Visco
Team Member
Project Leader
Alberto Menozzi
R&D
Project Director
Team Member
Andrea Rossi
R&D
R&D/Team Member
Team Member
Elena Biason
Visual Artist Coordinator
Visual Unit Manager
Alessia Monacelli
MCA
Mario Cucinella
Design Director
Design Leader
Architect
Tommaso Bettini
Project Leader
Team Member
Elena Giugni
Team Member
Competition
Architect
Eurind Caka
Team Member
Project Leader
Architect
Paolo Greco
Team Member
Interior Design
MCA
Lucrezia Rendace
Team Member
Project Director
Marco Dell’Agli
Team Member
Project Director
Michele Roveri
Team Member
Senior Architect
Senior Architect, Computational Design Expert
Angelo Ungarelli
Team Member
Senior Architect
Architect
Kseniya Shkroban
Team Member
Marta Bordi
Team Member
Marta Torsello
Team Member
Senior Architect
Architect
Francesca Fochi
Team Member
Project Leader
Luca Vernocchi
Team Member
Architect
Laura La Mendola
Team Member
Design Leader
Design Director
Michele Olivieri
Team Member
Project Leader
Giovanni Sanna
Team Member
Project Leader
Design Manager
Francesco Visco
Team Member
Project Leader
Alberto Menozzi
R&D
Project Director
Team Member
Andrea Rossi
R&D
R&D/Team Member
Team Member
Elena Biason
Visual Artist Coordinator
Visual Unit Manager
Alessia Monacelli
MCA
Mario Cucinella
Design Director
Design Leader
Architect
Tommaso Bettini
Project Leader
Team Member
Elena Giugni
Team Member
Competition
Architect
Eurind Caka
Team Member
Project Leader
Architect
Paolo Greco
Team Member
Interior Design
MCA
Lucrezia Rendace
Team Member
Project Director
Marco Dell’Agli
Team Member
Project Director
Michele Roveri
Team Member
Senior Architect
Senior Architect, Computational Design Expert
Angelo Ungarelli
Team Member
Senior Architect
Architect
Kseniya Shkroban
Team Member
Marta Bordi
Team Member
Marta Torsello
Team Member
Senior Architect
Architect
Francesca Fochi
Team Member
Project Leader
Luca Vernocchi
Team Member
Architect
Laura La Mendola
Team Member
Design Leader
Design Director
Michele Olivieri
Team Member
Project Leader
Giovanni Sanna
Team Member
Project Leader
Design Manager
Francesco Visco
Team Member
Project Leader
Alberto Menozzi
R&D
Project Director
Team Member
Andrea Rossi
R&D
R&D/Team Member
Team Member
Elena Biason
Visual Artist Coordinator
Visual Unit Manager
Alessia Monacelli
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Structural Engineering
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