Saturday, August 01, 2009

BOLLES+WILSON Win Korça Master Plan Competition in Albania

On Thursday, July 16, the mayor of Korça, Albania and the international jury pronounced German architecture firm BOLLES+WILSON winner of the competition for the new Korça City Center Master Plan.

The international two-stage competition was decided in favor of the Münster-based office for its concept of “Scenographic Urbanism”, a choreographing of new buildings and public spaces, which pays close attention to the existing grains and potentials of this small but spatially complex city.

Winning concept at the master plan competition for Korça by BOLLES+WILSON: Current urban situation of Korça’s city center

Korça 2020 according to the proposed plan

The concept of “Scenographic Urbanism” focuses on the development in 5 zones of the city center

BOLLES+WILSON identified five zones for the revitalization of the 197,000 sqm city center. Each zone possessing its own unique character together they add up to a network of urbane public spaces.

The extensive spectrum of solutions filled out in visual vignettes and disciplined by precise plan geometries was chosen by the jury as the template for Korça’s future.

Concept sketch of the new proposed city center

Zone 1 “Event Space” around the cathedral

Zone 1 “Event Space” around the cathedral

With this city center master plan competition, the municipality of Korça aims to foster the transformation, aesthetical melioration, functional attributes, and city regeneration respecting also those values that distinguish Korça from other cities.

Zone 2 “Commercial Strip” with bazaar and department store

Zone 3 “Cultural Promenade”

Rendering of the cultural promenade acting as axis that connects two urban landmarks

Rendering of the cultural promenade

Rendering of Zone 4 “Patchwork Quartier”

Artist impression of Zone 4 “Patchwork Quartier”

The second prize went to JA - Joubert Architecture (Rotterdam, Netherlands). Further finalists were Studio Daniel Libeskind, Architects LLC (New York, USA), 51N4E bvba(Brussels, Belgium), and Domus Concept (Lisboa, Portugal).



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