Stefano Boeri Architetti Transforms Schools into a Mixed Use Space for the Whole Community in Tirana

Stefano Boeri Architetti, part of the Tirana 2030 masterplan, has designed a new model of schools that will transform them into places for all ages. This project, which was inaugurated in Tirana, is a “new epicenter of life in urban neighborhoods”. It is used by students as a school campus as well as the entire community on weekends and public holidays.

The master plan, which was created between 2015 and 2017, included the construction of 17 large-scale schools. This proposal was created to address Albania’s significant demographic growth in the last twenty years. It also served as a way to revitalize Tirana’s suburbs and to offer a new concept for state schools that can be used by local communities. The urban fabric has been saturated and fragmented by this urban growth, which leaves no balance between open and built spaces and little consideration for residents’ needs.

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The Tirana Regulatory Plan covers the entire metropolitan area. It operates at three levels: urban forestation by creating a large continuous orbital tree system around the city; relaunch and redistribution the smaller centers; and redevelopment and redevelopment in the peri-urban and satellite areas that are not densely populated.

Although open schools may have been a utopia in the past, they are now a necessity to meet the growing demand for better health and well-being from people all over the globe. An open school is a way to osmosis, a sharing of knowledge and experience that has a significant impact on the lives of the residents. The new open schools project will give Tirana an opportunity to see the vision of an “archipelago” city, a metropolitan area consisting of neighbourhoods that are self-sufficient in providing service to their residents. This vision is being pursued by many international capitals. — Stefano Boeri

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These schools are located in the Don Bosko and Koder-Kamez areas of the city’s north-western section. The Don Bosko campus contains a middle and high school, as well as spaces for preschool education and a nursery. The Koder-Kamez Schools will cover an area totalling 11,898 sq meters. The Shqiponja Schools offer pre-school education facilities, middle schools, and a nursery covering 7,898 sq meters.

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New schools have permeable urban spaces at ground floors. This makes the streets, squares and parks surrounding the buildings active and inviting. The main entrances were designed to allow for maximum mobility and ease of circulation. Students and the community will use different facilities, such as libraries, canteens, and sports facilities, because they are located on the ground floor as well as around the perimeter. The school model is open and permeable but provides safety and protection. It follows a planned architectural structure that seperates into an urban residential block where all functions are located.

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The buildings’ visual design features red stoneware facades, which contrast with a white foundation. This creates a mixture of colors and materials that pays homage to the traditional Italian architecture of the first decade of the 20th century. It is also widely visible in Tirana. It is a landmark that emphasizes the structure’s role as a public building. The interior design was dominated by color. It is a powerful influence on understanding, comfort and social interaction.

The Albanian Prime Minister Edi RAMA, Tirana Erion Veliaj’s mayor, and Stefano Boeri inaugurated the school.