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Ομάδα Μελέτης: Βασίλης Παπακωνσταντίνου, Ανδρέας Γκουμάς Διεθνής Διαγωνισμός Τίρανα, Αλβανία
Κεντρικός Σταθμός Τρένων και Υπεραστικών Λεωφορείων
86000 m2

The initial approach concerns the conception of the study area as a new architectural topography. Unlike the discontinuous, layered levels of structures, the proposal presents a new way of integrating various artificial and natural design elements. The net of uses is incorporated in two overlapping discrete cores producing “in between” hubs. The blending of these multiple hubs generates degrees of spatial interaction.
NEW TOPOGRAPHY GENERATION MECHANISM Starting from an asymmetrical grid, modeling the site, multiple control points of translation are generated. A new system of points (attractor system) is imported affecting the grid datum by translating the control points in the z direction. The translation progresses according to an algorithm based on mathematical graph equations. The new set of points (attractor system) is positioned according to design decisions and principles based on the initial spatial study. The resulting forms create a new territorial continuity, dynamically controlled and investigated. A contemporary train station needs not only to be a place of transition but also a destination, a point of reference for the city of Tirana, achieving and developing a new metropolitan centrality through configuration of the urban landscape and simultaneously through proper organisation of uses. The project intends to promote an image as a result of the living experience of the user.
With spatial qualities being in argue these days we can assume that all we require is a “connective path”. Scales are of relative value as we now live in the “whole world”. Intersected paths provide the net of communication and this multimodal station can be perceived as a hub where paths can conclude, as a connective path. PERFORMANCE
The development of the site as a new architectural topography can be translated as a a series of impressions for the user to experience. The continuous alternation of natural and artificial, the inside and outside, the in between spaces and the various altitudes produce the unexpected, the surprise. The performance of the resulting area is related to the co-existance of transformable spaces (open spaces) and the designed facilities. The user can wander the space, a space that never seems to be specific, but can be determined by his presence and freedom of activity.

Client: Mobilicity, Tirana