Stefano Boeri Architetti
Preliminary, definitive, executive design
Project: Stefano Boeri Architetti
Partner: Stefano Boeri
Project Director: Francesca Cesa Bianchi
Project Leader: Paolo Russo
Team: Daniele Barillari, Jacopo Colatarci, Elisa Versari, Andrea Zucchi, Shilong Tan
Botanic consultant: Studio Laura Gatti
Engineering consultant: SCE Project
MEP Consultant: ESA engineering
Client: Gener 2 Sh.p.k.
Executive design: SCE Project
Structural engineer: LEAL-CSE sh.p.k.
Hydraulic system design: Ing. Artan Dersha
Mechanical system design: “GENER2” Sh.p.k.; Ing. Diana Brahaj
Electrical system design: Zavalani Consulting Sh.p.k.
Fire protection system design: Ing. Artan Dersha
Local architect: Gener 2 Sh.p.k.
Stefano Boeri Architetti designs the first Vertical Forest in Albania, in continuity with the new Development Plan designed 3 years ago by the Milanese office, envisaging a significant containment of the usage of the land in the metropolitan area and a substantial increase in the green and wooded surfaces within and around the city.
The Vertical Forest of Tirana will rise in the city centre near Mother Teresa Square, one of the endpoints of the historic Dëshmorët e Kombit Boulevard, in the area of the Grand Park of Tirana (Parku i Madh i Tiranë).
The new structure faces the blind façade of a building to then “open like a flower” with its three green sides towards the new Stadium and Mother Teresa Square, thus completing the new skyline of the city.
With the Tirana Master Plan and the first Vertical Forest, the Milanese architect also brings to Albania his idea “of a progressive Urban Forestation of the city and metropolitan areas of the world that, multiplying the presence of trees and forests, effectively fights climate change. A strategy that we promoted together with FAO with the first World Forum on Urban Forestation held in Mantua last November”.
The Vertical Forest of Tirana will be a 21-floor tower with 4 additional underground levels that, above a mainly commercial ground floor, will host 105 apartments.
“We have worked on the theme of the façade, overturning the convention according to which the main façade of each building is the longest, and opening wide the short side of this new Vertical Forest towards the city”, underlines architect Francesca Cesa Bianchi, Project Director of Stefano Boeri Architetti.
The entire façade is completely glassed and composed of floor-to-ceiling windows to maximise the relationship with the green and with the view of the city.
The first Albanian Vertical Forest will host more than 3,200 shrubs and bushes and 145 trees for a total of over 550 square metres of green surface that will increase the biodiversity of the living species, contributing to the generation of a new urban ecosystem.
The plant biomass will mitigate atmospheric pollution by absorbing CO2 and fine particles, producing oxygen and contributing to the creation of a healthier microclimate.
“Tirana is a Mediterranean capital, which is why for the first Albanian Vertical Forest we have chosen different essences typical of this particular ecosystem; shrubs characterised by a very vivid green colour and brightly coloured yellow and violet flowers, as well as scented plants, like myrtle and rosemary”, points out Botanist and Landscape Architect Laura Gatti.