Tirana sits in a bowl shaped by the mountains which surround the city. From Tirana, a valley declines slowly towards the coast of Durrës, opening into a larger plain. The entire Durana region, as the urban corridor connecting Tirana to Durres is nowadays called, is defined by strong infrastructural and natural lines running through it – the road, the railway and the Tirana river – and framed by geographical elements – mountains, hills and (artificial) lakes. As such, Durana presents itself as a canvas of disconnected ecologies – the urban hills, the foothill villages, the linear city in formation, the industrial strip, the inhabited agricultural plain and the river shores.
The project considers the whole bandwidth of the valley – from the hills to the river – giving a new meaning to the territorial lines crossing it. Rather than performing as pure infrastructure, the road, the railway and the rivers are opened up towards the new city. The expressway is turned into a permeable urban road, the outdated Tirana-Durrës railway is transformed into a metropolitan light railway while the border of the Tirana river becomes a linear park.
The project aims to structure a new urban network through a series of connecting paths and collective spaces of different entity and size, able to bring a new public life to Durana. Our proposal investigates three case studies, which starts from the three artificial lakes and connects the Durana different ecologies. These paths, which run transversal to the valley, propose a new direction of development through a series of punctual operations on the existing urban tissue. Detecting specific points and increasing their public quality, providing new connections and repairing old ones are the basic operations which allow the Durana linear development to open up into a proper urban entity, forcing on it a new mental and physical network.
Zooming-in to the architectural scale, the project proposes three pilot interventions – a market canopy as civic infrastructure, an open pavilion as a shared facility and the lake as a playground –in order to test the potential of a city which is already there but needs to be activated.


Client: Atelier Albania, ADF (Albania Development Fund) / Project team : Ambra Fabi, Giovanni Piovene, ArchiSpace Studio, Mobility in Chain, Stefano Graziani, Carlotta Capobianco, Yellowoffice

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About

Piovenefabi is a milanese architectural office founded in 2013 by Ambra Fabi and Giovanni Piovene. Since then the office work has developed through research and physical projects, in the fields of architecture, urban visions and design.

Ambra Fabi studied in Mendrisio and Paris Belleville. She worked at Architeckturbüro Peter Zumthor und Partner and then as a freelance architect in Milan. She has been teaching assistant in Mendrisio (CH) and professor at IED Cagliari and KU Leuven Sint Lucas Brussels. She is currently teaching at École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Marne-la-Vallée Paris Est.

Giovanni Piovene studied in Venice and Paris Belleville. He co-founded the office Salottobuono and San Rocco magazine. He has been teaching assistant in Mendrisio and EPFL and professor at ISIA Urbino. He is currently teaching at École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Marne-la-Vallée Paris Est.


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News

10.06.19

We are very happy to announce Design Balneare, a workshop in the context of Made Labs in Siracusa (Italy) 29/7 – 3/8.

More on www.madelabs.it or... Apply Here!

Design Balneare
23.02.19

Metrò Lamp is featured on the #388 issue of M, Le Monde's magazine.

M, le magazine du Monde
15.10.18

As part of the Divisare box set NEW ARCHITECTS 2 - MILAN, HALF OBJECT HALF ARCHITECTURE is finally out!

Half Object Half Architecture
10.10.18

Metrò Lamp is featured on the October issue of Elle Decor Italia.

Elle Decor
03.09.18

Our work is featured in AD Collector #18.

AD Collectors
17.04.18

Our furniture pieces realized for Chicago Architecture Biennale 2017 will be produced by Maniera and presented for the first time in Milan, during the Design Week. Maniera 14 & 17: Productora / Columbus Table + Piovenefabi / Metrò. ALCOVA, 17 – 22 April 2018, 11 am – 7 pm.
Photographs by Giovanna Silva.

MDW.3 Maniera
17.04.18

We have designed the Nanban temporary store for the Milano Design Week 2018. The project synthesizes the symbolic icon of all Japanese cities: the kiosk. Alcova, Via Popoli Uniti 11/13, April 17-22 2018.

MDW.2 Nanban
17.04.18

In the frame of the Milano Design Week 2018 we will present Comodo, a small table designed and produced for Silipol Studies n.3, a project by Mariotti Fulget. Opening: Tuesday April 17, Via Pietro Maroncelli 14, 7–11PM

MDW.1 Mariotti Fulget
13.04.18

Piovenefabi has been featured among the 100 talents of 2018 in the design world on Icon Design, March Issue 2018.

Icon Design