From: Exit News
Another High Rise Building to Replace Historic Villa in Tirana

A 16-storey apartment building will replace what used to be the old villa that housed Bar Dada in the Bllok area of Tirana, until its demolition in February.

The construction permit for this apartment building, that will be called City Hotel, was given by the National Territorial Council (KKT), headed by Prime Minister Edi Rama, to entrepreneur Agim Zeqo in October 2019.

The building is being constructed by Nova Construction 2012, owned by Ilir and Kujtim Shtufi.

The project is designed by the Italian architect Marco Casamonti’s studio, Archea Associati, the same architect that designed Tirana’s stadium building. Casamonti is known for being close to the Prime Minister.

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Casamonti’s unfinished 4Evergreen tower in Tirana

The apartment building is expected to have 4 underground floors, and 12 above ground ones. The project plan seems to indicate a style similar to that of the Forever Green building in Tirana, whose construction has been ongoing for the past 10 years. This building was also designed by Casamonti. Both building designs stand out for their irregular window placement and terrace gardens.

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The City Hotel building will be a multifunctional one, combining residential and office spaces.

Construction is expected to take 4 years.

Currently three more high-rise buildings are being built in the Bllok area’s narrow alleys. A 13-storey building will replace the former villa that housed the private Metropolitan University. A multifunctional complex called Blloku Cube and designed by Stefano Boeri is being constructed a few meters away. Another of Boeri’s projects, West Residence, is being built in the area behind the President’s Office.

Meanwhile, throughout Tirana, the municipality has granted construction permits for the construction of high rise buildings along the capital’s main streets and squares.

At least 12 high-rise buildings, with an average height of 12-storeys, are currently being constructed.