Coop Himmelblau Albania parliament, exterior stairs
Vienna-based architecture studio Coop Himmelb(l)au has unveiled images of a new parliament building - called Open Parliament - for Albania’s capital, Tirana.
The building, which sits on a 28,000sq m site, consists of a parliamentary hall located in a glazed cone, an office block and an entrance structure.
There is also a public staircase linking the public area of the parliament to the landscaped roof of the plinth.
Design principal at Coop Himmelb(l)au Wolf Prix said: “Our design for the new parliament in Tirana, Albania, stands for the transparency of democracy.”
The country held its first elections for decades back in 1992 following the collapse of the ruling Communist Party during the uprisings which spread across eastern Europe in 1989 and 1990.
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