Dubai firm loses to Grimshaw on Albania scheme

Dubai-based firm DAR was a beaten finalist in a masterplan project for the capital of Albania, won by the UK’s Grimshaw, it was reported in The Architects’ Journal.

The project calls for a masterplan for the central boulevard of Tirana and was dubbed by mayor Lulzim Basha as the ‘most important in the city for 80 years’ .

It will extend the capital’s main 1930s street by 3km and its riverside park by almost 7km.

Grimshaw’s scheme features a series of outdoor ‘living rooms’ with different functions, labelled a ‘symphony of squares’.