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Eco-Tourism Destination Albania (Drilon-Tushemisht)

Drilon-Tushemisht is one of the unmatched areas with natural beauties next to Ohrid Lake. In such a small geographic space are nicely included some of the Albanian nature pearls like: Drilon Springs, Ohrid Lake, typical houses from the area, narrow pedestrian paths, picturesque landscapes, which create a wonderful oasis with multiple tourism development opportunities in the area.  Despite the natural wealthy opportunities the zone can offer, its tourism potentials are yet underdeveloped. The main challenge for the zone is the lack of customized touristic models and other commercialization services. To overcome this challenge, AADF is considering working to design project that includes architectural and development plans for the area. This project is to provoke investments that enhance, promote and activate natural resources of protected that have been untapped, or underutilized.

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  • 09.13.2018

    Architect Competition finalized for Waterscape Park Design for Sustainable Tourism Development of Drilon-Tushemisht

    Architect Competition finalized for Waterscape Park Design for Sustainable Tourism Development of Drilon-Tushemisht

    Albanian-American Development Foundation is pleased to announce that after a very exciting and lasting procedure, the Architectural Competition for the Waterscape Park Design (WPD) of Drilon-Tushemison has finished on September 8, 2018. Five internationally recognized companies participated in the competition second phase, presenting their works in front of a jury composed by distinguished international and local architects, urban planners and business developers. The jury communicated that the winner of the competition is the Portuguese Design Studio PROAP SA. Grimshaw Architects LLP team was awarded the second prize, and AKA Design Firm team received the third prize. PROAP convinced a very diligent Jury of 8 professional judges under the chair of Anna Maria Indrio. Before announcing the winner, the jury chair on behalf of the jury stated: “The jury is very happy with the proposals that beside the preservation of the natural resources, encourage the extensions of existing and development of new businesses. The high quality of project design provided by all competitors has been a great help for the jury work and will be very valuable in the subsequent process. The project proposals were mutual and very different, both in master plan design and in proposals for utilization of the site. The teams brought a variety of solutions to the issues that were raised in the competition brief, and tried to offer customized touch in reshaping and showing site elements that provide a competitive advantage of the area. This gave the jury a valuable, broad clarification of the scope of work and provided the basis for good and thorough discussions. With such wonderful proposals, finding a consensus was not easy for the jury. At the end, the jury was unanimously convinced that PROAP Design Studio provides the most appropriate conceptual design solutions for the area.”

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  • 07.17.2018

    Field Visit – WPD Competition 2nd Phase for preparation of detailed plan and architectonic design for the area Drilon-Tushemisht

    Field Visit – WPD Competition 2nd Phase for preparation of detailed plan and architectonic design for the area Drilon-Tushemisht

    Aleksander Sarapuli, AADF Co-CEO, together with representatives from the five companies shortlisted for the second phase of WPD Competition participated in the site-visit on July 6. In this phase the short-listed companies will compete through their work for preparation of the detailed plan and architectonic design for the area of national importance Drilon-Tushemisht. The 2nd phase short-listed companies are among the best European companies, with outstanding experience in design of projects implemented in areas similar to Drilon-Tushemisht.

    The architects of Grimshaw (UK), Archea (Italy), ProAp (Portugal), Mario Cucinella Architects (Italy), and AKA Studio (Italy), together with their local partners and accompanied by the staff of AADF, Pogradec Municipality and National Territorial Planning Agency had the chance to explore the area and discuss about the project expectation of AADF and its partners from local and central government.

    The competition 2nd Phase where the project ideas will be presented by all short-listed candidates will end in September 2018, with the winner project announcement.

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