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  • LOCATION: TIRANA, ALBANIA
  • CLIENT: NOVA CONSTRUCTION 2012
  • FUNCTION: MULTIFUNCTIONAL TOWER
  • SIZE: 70,000 m²
  • YEAR: 2022 –
  • STATUS: ONGOING
  • ARCHITECT: CEBRA

Mount Tirana is a project inspired by Albania’s distinctive mountains and will be a new urban landmark in the capital of Albania, Tirana. Located on a prominent plot in the very heart of the city, the project is an architectural piece that celebrates the national identity and cultural heritage of Albania. Mount Tirana comprises housing, commercial facilities, a boutique hotel, a business area, offices and parking facilities as well as restaurants and cafés.

Measuring 185 metres Mount Tirana will be the tallest building in the country and a distinctive tower inspired by the beauty of Albania and the impressive mountains that surround the capital. By using the mountains – one of nature’s most impressive features – as the main source of inspiration, the design of the tower taps into the local history, the cultural heritage and the identity of Albania.

Over the past decades, the city of Tirana has been undergoing a transformation making the capital a regional urban hub and a city of both cultural and economic importance for all the Balkans. As a symbolic landmark Mount Tirana will create an elegant connection between the ever-transforming urban fabric of Tirana and the natural surroundings – an architectural hybrid between a tower and a mountain.

A symbolic landmark and an urban living room of Tirana
The distinct mountain silhouette of Mount Tirana makes the building stand out as a symbolic landmark in the Tirana skyline – like the queen on a chess board. Furthermore, the prominent site in the heart of Tirana, located close to the city’s opera and the National Historical Museum, calls for special attention as to how the building´s amenities spill out into the surrounding city at street level. Here, cafés, shops and other public functions create a vibrant and active ground floor experience that forms an ‘urban living room’ together with the existing park surrounding the building plot.

To minimize the building’s carbon footprint – and to underline the local anchoring and the design narrative – Mount Tirana will be constructed primarily from locally sourced materials like natural stone. In addition, efforts have been made to minimize the buildings’ need for mechanical cooling and to choose indigenous plants for the generous terraces on the mountain’s slopes, which will also support the area’s biodiversity.