The "Embassy Residences" are intended to offer high-quality, family-friendly and energy-saving residential units in the city center of Tirana, one of the fastest growing cities in Europe.
The project follows the mayor's ambitions to limit the growth of the city and counteract suburbanization with a wide range of housing typologies. A row of stacked villas rises above a commercial base and two parking levels, which are connected by a semi-public staircase. This serves as an alternative access and additional, shared outside space of the apartments. The stairs create links between the apartments and a safe place where children can play and meet. The floor plans protect the privacy of the apartments.At the same time, they allow residents to sit on their veranda or to reach other apartments via the stairs if they feel like talking or drinking on Friday afternoons.
Studies have led to a compact structure of irrigated substrate layers, which support lush vegetation on stairs, balconies and roof terraces. The facade consists of two layers, which are arranged according to the solar radiation. A base glass layer is protected by a secondary shading layer made of anodized aluminum, unless it is protected by surrounding buildings or cantilevered volumes.
studio arch4, Arkon Studio