3/29/2011

Coop Himmelb(l)au winner of 'The New Parliamentary Complex' of the Republic of Albania

Firm Coop Himmelb(l)au announced to be winner of 'The New Parliamentary complex of the Republic of Albania competition. It will be its first project in Albania.
The New Parliamentary Complex of the Republic of Albania, © Coop Himmelb(l)au.
Originally appeared on designboom

Implanted in Tirana, this building will integrate fundamental democratic values such as openness, transparency and public co-determination. The site measures approximately 28,000 square-meter.

Architectural concept
This New Parliamentary complex will be conceived as an outstanding architectural landmark in one of the main parts of Tirana's urban fabric.
The building will be situated along the compositional axis of the city, in vicinity to the major governmental institutions.
Three core ideas articulate this scheme: providing a strong urban statement in this exposed part of Tirana's urban fabric; to assemble the different functions in one building ensemble that is compact enough to create a public forum and a park on the southern part of the site; and to create a unique building for the most important public institution of the Albanian Republic with a contemporary architectural approach shaped to optimize active and passive energy use.
© Coop Himmelb(l)au. Originally appeared on designboom

Another characteristic: different building elements will coexist in one building ensemble with a contemporary aesthetic that allows visualizing new functions and meanings.
The core of the building complex is the parliamentary hall situated in a glazed cone and stands for the transparency of the legislation.
The building is equipped with a public stair leading from the public forum to the landscaped roof of the plinth building. Its function consists of uniting all the different building elements: Office block, entrance structure and parliamentary hall.
© Coop Himmelb(l)au. Originally appeared on designboom

It is possible to look into the parliamentary hall from the plinth, and even from the outside.
The main entrance is designed as a massive cone, which creates an impressive space. It will act as the counterpart to the glazed parliamentary hall.

Energy concept
The building complex will capture the natural resources and energy flows of its surroundings providing optimal environmental conditions for its occupants.
© Coop Himmelb(l)au. Originally appeared on designboom

The configuration of the building form and the optimization of the building envelope, and the use of renewable energy sources play an essential role in that they ensure an energy efficient design and reduce reliance on fossil fuel energy sources.
© Coop Himmelb(l)au. Originally appeared on designboom

The office building will be wrapped with a second skin clad in perforated steel specially optimized to improve building performance related to optimum daylight use, views, solar control, glare protection, thermal insulation, natural ventilation and noise protection.

Building facts
Project: New Parliamentary Complex of the Republic of Albania
Architect: Coop Himmelb(l)au
Design principal Wolf d. Prix
Design partner: Karolin Schmidbaur
Senior project partner: Michael Volk
Project partner: Hartmut Hank
Project architect: Friedrich Hähle
Design architects: Anne Aridsen, Peregrine Buckler, Veronika Janovska, Kadri Kerge, Heimo Matt, Anais Meon, Valerie Messini, Ismet Qorrolli, Jeroen Roosen, Tamara Soto Bailon, Xinyu Wan
3d Visualization: Steven Ma, Cynthia Sanchez-Morales
Structural engineering: B+G Ingenieure, Bollinger Grohmann Schneider ZT-GmbH, Vienna, Austria
Energy design: Professor Brian Cody, Berlin, Germany
Graphic: Thomas Hindelang, Jan Rancke, Anja Sorger
Photography Markus Pillhofer
Model building: Sebastian Buchta, Tyler Bornstein, Paul Hoszoswki, La Chi Nam, Morteza Farhadian Dehkordi, Tichen Lu, Magnus Möschel
Animation: Isochrome
Site area: 28,000 sqm
Gross floor area: 38,650 sqm
Footprint: 13,100 sqm
Height: 36m, 50m (highest point)
Length: 88m, 70m (office building)
Width: 60m, 70m (office building)
Credits images: Coop Himmelb(l)au

Images originally appeared on designboom

Source: Coop Himmelb(l)au

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