The strategy for the new Flamurtari sports complex is to imagine the future of the complex as a new piece of the city, allowing it to integrate coherently with its nearby context and to influence its development over time.
Integrating new shops, offices and housing with the sports vocation of the site, we imagine sport and its equipment as the possibility of a new city. Respecting the history of the site, the project imagines preserving the current situation of the stadium while creating around it a new mixed urban district, offering new proximities between sport, city and landscape.
The site is organized in three sequences.
From West to East, three urbanization sectors take place: first a commercial strip with a wide open first floor creating a majestic entrance to the stadium, then a tertiary strip composed of four new buildings creating views on the territory and finally a thin housing strip taking place between the landscape and the sports facilities.
Between these three new construction bands is the new stadium on the west side, the training stadium on the east side and new sports facilities open to the public. This organization in sequence makes it possible to concentrate all of the urban development in the heart of the site and to create a large-scale landscaped public space around it. This public space allows the new urban stadium to be addressed at 360 degrees from all the streets, inside the site, it becomes, depending on the situation, a road, a park or a square.
The majority of the urbanization is concentrated in a rectangle, this one is constituted in its contour of the continuous footbridge addressing the whole site as well as the rehabilitated swimming pool. This covered and continuous walkway is then located between the new sports complex and its landscaped contour, sometimes it extends to the adjacent streets to address new constructions in the contours of the site when possible.
The gymnasium is also connected to the rest of the stadium via the footbridge, its rehabilitation may also include new public sports fields at the intersection of Sadik Zotaj Street and Pelivan Leskaj Street.
Finally, the organization of the sector in strips allows the integration of the existing buildings into the project by allowing them a new access from the heart of the block and new views on the sports complex.
ProcedureCompetition, 1st Prize
National Territorial Planning Agency (NTPA)
XDGA (Xaveer De Geyter Architects)
Xaveer De Geyter, Pieter Coelis, Marie Debraine, Maxime Jaume, Philip Niekamp, Camelia Petre, Julien Picard, Misa Yonezawa
CMA (local architect)
Bollinger + Grohmann (structure)
Ledia Kostandini (artistic intervention)