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Downtown One Tirana

Albania is using bold design to boost community spirit and tourism

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Construction has begun on Albania's tallest building, featuring a pixellated map of the country on its facade

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Spotted: Dutch design studio, MVRDV, is using cutting-edge design to create Albania’s tallest skyscraper, a so-called “vertical village”, and piece of art. Called Downtown One, the 140 metre (459 ft) tall building will be located in the capital city of Tirana. Featured on its facade is a pixellated map of Albania. The topographical map-like effect is produced by staggering sections of the uniform windows at different heights and lengths. The created space allows for terraces, designed to encourage conversations between neighbours. The result is a vertical, 37-storey village, according to the project’s architects.

The mix-purpose building will include business space and residential apartments. Every house or office will represent an actual village or town in the country. Residents will be able to identify their apartment or business with a spot on the map, MVRDV says.

The plans include an onsite playground and underground garage. The building will open in 2024.




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