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irgen salianji sample works

Irgen Salianji is a graduate of Architecture Engineering Department [5 years full diploma] at the University of Thessaly in Greece and UNIRC Facolta di Architettura in the city of Reggio Calabria in Italy. His professional experience includes internships at MONOLAB Architects and OMA_Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam. He is a research-oriented conceptual thinker and enthusiast of contemporary culture and approach on urban/architectural issues. He has been honored in several international architecture competitions such as TUC student competition (‘10 & ‘13 finalist) and together with Christos Bletsas and Charis Siaravas have competed in open competitions such as PORIFERA Helsinki Library/ Finland 2012, Bioclimatic School in Creta/ Greece 2012, Sofia Metro Station 20/ Bulgaria and Solar Park South/ Italy 2010. EDUCATION: Department of Architecture Engineering, University of Thessaly, Greece Bachelor Diploma [full 5 year degree, 300 ECTS], 2008 - 2014 UNIRC Universita Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, Facolta di Architettura, Italia Erasmus Student, Architecture and Urban Planning, Academic Year 2010 - 2011


ACADEMICS: .UTH Department of Architecture Engineering, Volos GR Assistant of Design Studio (3rd and 4th year students): <<Fabel: A Metropolitan Village>> Duration Spring Semester Academic Year 2013-14 INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS PROJECT LIST: 2013 - ‘INTERWAVING’ Redesign of Freedom Square, Thessaloniki, Greece - SPATIAL WOMB Visitors’ Center SNCC, Athens, Greece - ACT[IN]CONTAINES Trimo Urban Crash, Ljubljana, Slovenia - finalist - ‘INVERTED NATURE’ Cruise Hyperdock, Geiranger, Norway 2012 - Bioclimatic School in Creta, Herakleion, Greece - Porifera Central Library, Helsinki, Finland 2011 - Metro Station 20, Sofia, Bulgaria - Trimo Urban Crash, Ljubljana, Slovenia - finalist - PanAmerican Olympic Games 2015 Closing Ceremony Pavilion, Torondo, Canada 2010 - Solar Park South, Reggio Calabria, Italy - Peireus Tower ‘changing the facade’, Peireus, Greece

WORKING EXPERIENCE: .OMA_Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Rotterdam NL Internship Duration 03 June 2013- 31 October 2013 -ECP Masterplan, Paris, France -Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc, Bordeaux, France (Competition Winner) -Other Middle East Confidential Projects .MONOLAB Architects, Rotterdam NL Internship Erasmus Placement Scholarship Duration 15 September 2012- 12 March 2013 -Tall buildings tool, Research and Development -CPO, Housing for Collectives, NL -THE YELLOW urban ideas competition, Salt Lake City, USA .Zografaki Architects, Heraklion GR Internship Duration 15 June- 15 September 2012 ARTICLES/ RESEARCH <<Architecture and the city in the dawn of the new decade>>, 2010-11 <<dencity: global metropolitan village in densification>>, 2013-14 <<why (not) Tirana>>, 2014LANGUAGES .English (Proficiency), Greek (Mother Tongue), Albanian (Mother Tongue), Italian (Fluent), Spanish (Basic) SOFTWARE SKILLS .Microsoft Office, Autocad, 3D Studio Max, Rhinoceros, VRay, Grasshopper, Archicad, Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, In design etc) NATIONALITY Greek and Albanian BLOG/ WEBSITE facebook/IRSAWorkshop Contact facebook/ Giorgos-Irgen Slj tel 0030-6982391500

tirana projecting urbanity tirana, albania diploma project UTH individual supervisor Costis Paniyiris

The topic of the diploma thesis project is the design of a complex of four tall buildings, which are interconnected on the ground floor. The project is placed on a 20.000 m2 site in the center of Tirana, intervening in the inconvenient green park which exists so far behind the historical building of Tirana’s Opera. The aim of the intervention is the intensification of the use of the site and its integration into the urban realm of the city. The central idea of the project may be summarized in the following phrase: <<instead of a mediocre park, let’s have two intensified urban condensers, an ‘urban forest’ and a complex of buildings with a mixed program for the city>>. In this way, half of the plot is being constructed in its maximum volume permitted by the city’s regulations, and the other half of it receives denser vegetation and trees to become more useful and appealing to urban dwellers. On the ground level, the project reproduces the (typological) micro scale and the program of the city itself on that particular area of the site. In this sense, the base of the buildings (the Plinth) serves as a roof which embraces and defines four fundamental categories of activities: market/trade, contemporary art/education, cultural activities/leisure and sports. Those four different programmatic subjects are interconnected and join the urban realm on their open side to the existing or the newly designed sidewalks. The edges of the buildings on the level of the street are well defined and fully transparent so that the continuity with the urban context is not interrupted. On each of the four corners of the cross-shaped plinth, a building is raised which is of a particular size. The tallest of those four buildings (100 m) aspires to become Tirana’s new landmark. Let’s call those tall buildings ‘Towers’ (in Albanian ‘Kulla’), once according to the height standards of Tirana, such a tall construction is considered a Tower. Designing these four Towers the project becomes relevant to the recent tradition of Tirana to intensify its center by constructing tall buildings during the last fifteen years. The four towers have also a particular characteristic which makes them special: a big diagonal part of their lower part is missing and part of its vertical program is ‘contaminated’ with public activities, so they don’t serve only for dwelling/apartments and working/offices.

confidential project OMA middle east

[section 1] professional work .OMA_Office for Metropolitan Architecture Rotterdam NL Internship Duration 03 June 2013- 31 October 2013 .MONOLAB ARCHITECTS Rotterdam NL Internship Erasmus Duration 15 September 2012- 12 March 2013

pont jean-jacques bosc OMA bordeaux, france competition 2nd phase 2013 1st price OMA | WSP | EGIS | Michel Desvigne | Lumières Studio project director: Clément Blanchet

OMA has won the international competition to design the Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc, the sixth bridge across the river Garonne in Bordeaux and the first bridge design to be realized by OMA. Completion is scheduled for 2018. Positioned at the heart of the Euratlantique project, Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc provides a link between the municipalities of Bègles and Floriac. But more than simply connecting two points of land separated by water, the bridge itself also offers a generous new public space in the city. Vincent Feltesse, president of the Urban Community of Bordeaux: «It is an extraordinary architectural gesture. More than a bridge, it is an urban planning intervention in the heart of the Euratlantique project.» Its considerable 44m by 545m expanse, a continuous surface stretching well beyond the banks of the river, seamlessly connects to the land. The gently sloping surface enables a pedestrian promenade while still allowing the necessary clearance for boats beneath. All traffic modes - including private cars, public transport, bicycles and foot traffic - are accommodated by its width, with the largest allowance devoted to pedestrians. Clément Blanchet, director of OMA France: «The bridge itself is not the ‘event’ in the city, but a platform that can accommodate events of the city. We wanted to provide the simplest expression - the least technical, least lyrical, but the most concise and effective structural solution.» The project was developed in collaboration with engineers WSP, the landscape architect Michel Desvigne, the consultant EGIS, and the light design agency Lumières Studio.

quartier joliot-curie masterplan OMA saclay, paris, france design development 2013 OMA | DICILA | ALTO project director: Clément Blanchet

OMA has won the competition for the new École Centrale engineering school and its surrounding urban development in the research and innovation zone of Saclay, southwest of Paris. With the concept of a «lab city,» OMA was selected from four competing international architectural practices. The project is led by Clément Blanchet, director of OMA projects in France. In contrast to the corridor / room linearity of the typical laboratory, OMA’s design is a low level, glass-roofed superblock containing an open plan grid inside, where various activities can interact and be overlooked simultaneously. The grid offers the freedom to generate a new typology for learning, cultivating collaboration while maintaining the stable conditions of the engineering school’s primary pedagogical function. Blanchet commented: «The design integrates urbanism with the school, supplanting the homogeneous experience of the campus. It’s an attempt to define the actual esthetic of science.» A diagonal main street slices through the grid, connecting with a future metro station for Paris at one end, and the existing engineering school, Supelec, at the other. In the centre of the project, a forum rises above the grid, offering a focal point of activity for the school. This platform accommodates a gym, administration center and classrooms for first year students, winding its way up through and above the field. This stack is conceived as a training machine offering a complementary condition to the small, intricate spaces in the horizontal field of «lab city.» The project was developed in collaboration with Bollinger and Grohman, Alto, DHV, DAL, and D’Ici Là. OMA is currently working on several projects in France, including a masterplan for 50,000 housing units in Bordeaux, a new library in Caen, and a convention centre in Toulouse.

the yellow/ urban regeneration MONOLAB architects salt lake city, utah, united states international competition 2013 project director: Jan Willem van Kuilenburg

This urban ideas competition seeks to amplify the Salt Lake City cultural amenities, acting as a catalyst for design-ked growth. Proposals will have to activate the spaces between the disparate arts, entertainment and business groups of the 69-70 blocks. We introduce The Yellow: a network like a maze, allowing tourists, visitors and citizens to enjoy a trip, a cultural safari. A journey with unexpected cultural programs over roofs and through hidden courtyards. Creative industries are linked through The Yellow that traces the ruptures and gaps of the 69-70 block. The yellow brings (visitors) and integrates (expansions of cultural amenities, institutions or businesses). Salt Lake City has a powerful series of three twin blocks that cover… - History: a campus model, a green park-like environment with important historic-religious buildings, - Retail: one new retail center with public core, - Culture: an urban tissue with a small scale network that ties high culture and subculture together. The synergy of these three qualities in the city core will become very powerful making the daily thousands of visitors, tourists, consumers and citizens will merge in an environment of place making. Our target is to complete this Salt Lake City trinity and make them stay longer and enjoy this unison. Apart from the high culture programs along the grid and streets, unexpected spaces are activated through The Yellow. Several cultural buildings, parking facilities and backyards are ‘side-programmed’: enhanced by new ‘pop up’ programs that are attached to five existing cultural amenities and parking facilities. Food Garden is a deck with terraces, shared by surrounding restaurants and shadowed below a screen of ivy. Park Paradise is a public pocket parc, a green and natural oasis with water curtain within the urban turmoil.

collective housing initiative MONOLAB architects rotterdam, the netherlands unsolicited project 2013 project director: Jan Willem van Kuilenburg

CPO is a particular unsolicited project which explores the potentials of living collectively. The concept of the project is to bring together people who share common interests and want to invest together on building their own decent but cheap dwellings. The layout of the dwellings is flexible and focuses on the matters of privacy on the one hand, and socializing or collectivity on the other hand. To achieve these qualities, the layout is organized in two linear stripes of dwellings mirrored in the central axis of the shared space. Every dwelling unit has both a private access on the side of the street and a more public one on the side of the shared space. To understand the plan of a dwelling unit, one can imagine it as a programmatic barcode which contains the following functions: entrance/hall/green house, living room, bathroom/kitchen/corridor, bedroom, entrance/hall/green house. The plan of the dwelling units is also quite simple and flexible to changes or the preferences of every dweller. The project aspires to propose a cheap housing solution with sustainable attributes. The structure of the whole building is wooden in prefabricated parts which can be assembled strait on the site. This makes the dwellings extremely affordable and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;warmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, even recyclable and reusable. In this context, more issues of sustainability are addressed through the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overall behavior as a green house which collects solar energy for heating or uses natural cross ventilation for cooling.



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inverted nature hyperdock geiranger, norway international student competition 2013 individual participation

[section 2] international competitions SPATIAL WOMB, athens, greece ACT[IN]CONTAINERS, ljubljana, slovenia - finalist PORIFERA CENTRAL LIBRARY, helsinki, finland BIOCLIMATIC SCHOOL in Creta, herakleion, greece

spatial womb visitors’ center SNCC athens, greece national student competition 2013 individual participation

The central idea of the visitors’ pavilion can be summarized as a spatial womb which gets activated from visitors and generates architectural experiences and interaction. The results of the site analysis provide the basic axis and trajectories for the composition of the interior spaces and the orientation of the principal parts of the project, such as the entrance, the exposition spaces and the secondary facilities. The main concept is therefore the creation of a flexible and sensible organic structure which provides concrete answers to the issues raised by the context. The interior space is predicted to function on tree major alternative versions: - In case that the exhibition is small (60 sqm) and there is a big presentation given, the capacity can be maximum of 150 people sitting. -In case that there is a bigger exhibition (80 sqm) and a smaller presentation, the capacity can be minimum of 90 people sitting -In case that there is a vast exhibition (110 sqm) and a very big presentation, the organizer could arrange also an outdoors presentation with a minimum of 200 people sitting The relationship of the visitors’ centre with the SNFCC construction site is the basic guiding design element of the project. A wide glass facade on the north part of the pavilion is watching straight towards the construction site, placing it actually as a ‘’live background’’ of the exposition area and the amphitheatre/ lecture hall. The proximity with the city is also expressed through the extraordinary view to the Faliro’s waterfront and port,so that the visitors can enjoy it from the elevated viewpoint. On the other hand the visitors’ centre pavilion is attracting visitors by it’s original shape and different light qualities formed on its prismatic envelope, once stimulating their curiosity.


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ACT[IN]CONTAINERS bike station & activities ljubljana, slovenia international student competition 2013 individual participation

The central idea of the project is the prototype combination of the tree Trimo modular units in a way so they form an active layout which would provoke social interaction and creative use of both indoor and outdoor spaces generated. The three volumes stand on different positions depending on their content and are aligned in such a way to maximize open spaces between them, as well as providing accessibility and structural support one to each other. The result is a dynamic formation that interacts productively with its surrounding park and urban elements, while providing the potential capacity for various activities from the users. The program of the project is hosted on the three modules and the three mayor ‘plazas’ that are created between them. The first module stands in a typical horizontal position containing a closed interior space for social meetings, café and relaxation. It has the big elevation transparent with glass, facing towards the city. The second one stands in a vertical position and functions as a symbolic tower that shows ‘presence’ of the bike base and the internet signal. It is divided in two floors and offers spaces for small groups of people to use their laptops and the wi-fi connection. This module has a big transparent façade facing the park, and another one used as a climbing wall. The third one is placed in inclination and functions as a big staircase that provides accessibility to the second floor of the module two and the roof of module one. It is also facing to the park and it would provide the capacity to operate also as a small amphitheater for collective gatherings or performances. Underneath this module there is a shaded parking for bicycles. In the middle of the project is created a covered triangular space which provides the facilities and tools to repair bicycles. One of the three ‘plazas’ created hosts the electrical bicycles, and the rest two ones would contain trees and vegetation. Act in Containers, or Acting Containers? Act in Containers, or Acting Containers?

porifera Central Library

helsinki, finland open international competition entry 2012 team: sophia vyzoviti, irgen salianji, charis siaravas, pablo de souza, christos bletsas, karolina szostkiewicz Finnish Landscapes have provided deep inspiration for the generation of architectural forms. In this spirit, we propose a formal concept for the building of Helsinki Central Library developed as a dialogue between the luscious curves of Finish coastlines and the rational rectangular urban grid. In the shape of a porous slab the building becomes an abstraction of a new artificial landscape situated at the cultural cluster at the heart of Helsinki downtown. Responding to the particular qualities of the location which is a threshold between a green cultural hub and a railway landscape, ‘porifera’ becomes a porous border, a strong linear urban figure that is transparent and permeable. Supported by big vertical ‘pores’, the hollow solenoids that enclose the core of the library´s collective programs and provide structure, ventilation and lighting shafts, the buildings interior is a natural evolution between the complex and dynamic curves of the ground floor, that fit perfect within an open plan layout for fluid programs, and the straight lines of the second and third floors, that hold the library’s collections and reading rooms. The ‘pores’ provide isolated ideal spaces for reading, working, meeting and concentrating, the quiet oasis. In their extension to the upper floors they appear as open air spaces inside the building, courtyards providing open air reading in gardens and introducing to the interior fresh air and sunlight. The public functions of the Library are placed primarily on the ground floor, creating a direct connection with the city life. The first floor is dedicated to “learning and doing”, forming a smooth intermediate floor to the collections areas. The forth floor of the building hosts the publicsauna in an enclosed atrium and the staff facilities. The parameters unanalyzed and addressed in this proposal acknowledge the relationship of the citizen with education, the emergence and support of existing forms of urbanity, the density and stratification of the library program, the interaction with city life and the possibility of spontaneous appropriations of the building that may invigorate the library function.

bioclimatic school in creta

heraklion, creta, greece open international competition entry 2012 team: theoklis kanarelis, irgen salianji, christos bletsas, charis siaravas The plan was to erect this school complex considering a terrace structure as the best solution to express our respect for the flora and landscape. All educational buildings of the ensemble including individual classroom building of primary school, an auditorium and kitchen-are designed on a connecting base of local stone , thus forming a promenade at the centre of the complex. Local stone is used especially in the first levels because it is resistant to sun, wind and humidity. The dry wall stones surrounding this school complex provide places to sit. Classrooms are constructed out of rammed earth on the upper floors, whereas kitchen and auditoriums are build of concrete. The crucial factor for minimizing heating and cooling costs was the installation of computer driven natural ventilation with automated window shutters. The shutters are opened or closed depending on sunlight, wind force and wind direction. A central north facing garden is positioned in front of the classrooms, offering cooling in summer months, while roof terrace introduces a strong airflow and ventilation throughout the building. The solid concrete core stabilizes the temperature inside.The distributional and decentralized design of structures on the site creates intervals for the landscape, thus also promoting natural ventilation. Thanks to their east west orientation, the four educational buildings complex can make optimum use of sunlight. An open staircase which crosses horizontally the linear arrangement of the complex connecting all three levels, contributes an easier entrance in the central space of the complex, also ensures that additional light reaches the lowest level of primary school building. The classroom buildings were orientated in the east-west axis allowing the largest possible window space to face north and south and providing optimal conditions for harnessing the sunâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rays and natural daylight. On the classroom facades, wooden panels have adapted to create a transparent exterior cladding. Some of them can be adjusted according to the position.

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volos, greece UTH academic studio project 2012 team: irgen salianji, christos bletsas, eleni rigaki, katerina solomou tutor: maria vontissi

[section 3] research/academics dencity, academic research project/ book urban condenser, academic research project/ book why (not) tirana, research project/ book

dencity research project academic research project professor Zissis Kotionis student Irgen Salianji University of Thessaly Department of Architecture Ac. Year 2013-14

What is dencity? We could define it as a series of conclusions extracted from the study of contemporary urban densities, and essentially as a series of fantasies that one can develop in regard to the modern inability of metropolis to express the emerging urban densities nowadays. This research is developed in three parts: the body of analysis of urban density in various scales, the tree appendices which explore different aspects of urban density and the conclusions which are stated as fantasies about the global image of the cities and their density attributes. The body of the research is searching the genealogy of the notion of the term ‘density’, as well as the context in which it becomes urban. In this part the methodological tools which will be developed further are defined, such as the ‘conceptual equations’ which relate the quantitative to the qualitative properties of urban densities, the spatial patterns of the urban densification and the actual measurement of urban densities based on population density, density of dwelling units per hectare and the floor area ratio (FAR) of a given part of the city. Following is a worth mentioning part of the research, the study of spatial density trans-formations and the role of urbanization in changing the relations of density in various cityscapes. Three mayor density situations are evaluated: urban densification, urban de- densification and urban hyper- densification. Another scale, the one of metropolis, attempts to shape a broader image of the qualitative connections and interaction between various related urban densities. Ultimately, and in consideration of the information extracted by the appendices, a statement is released which forms the conclusions. It brings urban densities of the world cities together and produces a new image of the globe, indicating the new ways of communication and connections which shape a ‘global urban village’ in densification. This is dencity.

urban condenser book presentation academic project book professor Zissis Kotionis, Vasso Trova, Costis Paniyiris student Irgen Salianji, Avrokomi Zavitsanou, Basiliki Tzora, Stefania Sotiriadi University of Thessaly Department of Architecture Ac. Year 2013-14

Which is the new way of working and living collectively after the financial crisis? Which are the particular characteristics of informality? Urban Condenser is a project which suggests a new model of collective dwelling and working for young professionals. This new model is based on the common production of small groups of various professionals, sharing the resources and tools needed. In this way the young professionals of Greece, Europe or the world are offered a way out to the misery of unemployment or the disappointment generated by the decay of the Fordist work in the private or the public sector. Moreover the project offers a way out to the post-war and old-fashioned lifestyle of firstly taking a loan to buy a house, a car and get married, and then searching for a house to pay off. Instead, nowadays youngster could first start working together and in small groups and combining their expertise and expenses in the same space that they can live and work. Such a dynamic social coexistence and collaboration could generate interactions and urban liveliness in the context of the metropolis, once it is based on the de-industrialization of Europe and the mobility that globalism and social-media/internet are stimulating.

why (not) tirana? research project independent research project Irgen Salianji year 2014-

Tirana may be one of those today’s vibrant spatial organisms that attracts the attention of the European or/and global economical and political structure of interests. Its emergence as an actual place in the Balkans which somebody can visit and experience, after the democratization of Albania in the early 90s’, shaped automatically various trajectories of exploitation potentials. The capital’s way of reaching the present times through a turbulent course, created already a brief post-communist, not to say contemporary, history in itself. Tirana’s new forms of urbanity have been produced through a paradoxical mixture of top-down governmental and business oriented decisions, as well as the bottom-up informality and initiatives of self-organization. On the one hand one could distinguish the city’s hunger to obtain all those urban elements of the west which would form a new European identity, on the other hand the city is trying unsuccessfully, to ignore the presence of the history and its built forms. The Europeanization of Tirana seems to be both necessary and forced. It is as necessary as it has been the overall reconstruction of the state and infrastructure of the country after the democratization, but also needed as for the collective psychology of Albanians to see their country progressing and getting transformed into a place with dignity and higher quality of life. And Tirana, as often called ‘Capital of Albanians’, has to be the exemplary act of the transformation.

Contact Irgen Salianji tel 0030-6982391500

Irgen Salianji Sample Works 2013-14  

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