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Albania: Shkodër Gallery
 The Project for the Restoration and Museumization of the National Photo Gallery Marubi is carried out in the framework of the Project “HERA - Sustainable tourism management of Adriatic Heritage” which is financed by IPA Adriatic Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2007–2013.

 

Announcement of the project design award for the “Restoration and Museumization of the National Photo Gallery Marubi”
Shkodër, 30 March 2014
On March 30th 2014, at the premises of the “Milenium”’ Cinema in Shkodër, the public hearing to announce the project design award for “The restoration and museumization of the national photo gallery” was organised. This activity finalizes the second phase of “Call for Proposals”’ for the project-design on the National Design Competition for the National Photo Gallery which was organised by the Ministry of Culture in cooperation with the Albanian Development Fund and Atelier Albania.
The Project for the Restoration and Museumization of the National Photo Gallery Marubi is carried out in the framework of the Project “HERA - Sustainable tourism management of Adriatic Heritage” which is financed by IPA Adriatic Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2007–2013.
1979888 580465278716528 201590094 nThis public hearing was attended by the Prime Minister Edi Rama, the Minister of Culture, MrsMirela Kumbaro Furxhi, the ADF Executive Director, Mr Benet Beci, the Prefect of Shkodër, Mr Paulin Radovani, members of parliament, and a large number of Shkodra citizens.
 
In his speech, the Prime Minister Edi Rama, said: “We believe that by undertaking a project like the one we are presenting to you today, we are enhancing the national dignity and that of the European dignity as well. The Marubi photos have enchanted the world when displayed to the eyes of the foreign experts. Works which testify to our patriotism are missing as is missing a dignified Museum for Marubi Dynasty. Let us consider this museum as an act of patriotism and as the beginning of a new journey for Shkodra.”
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Mrs Kumbaro Furxhi, in her speech, considered the museum as a treasure “which we should not only preserve but cherish also”.
She added that: “After the restoration of this museum, we aim to make it part of the UNESCO World Heritage Treasures.”
 
The activity continued with the presentations of the project-ideas by the short-listed studios in the first phase of the competition, which was conducted from 7th February to 28th February 2014, respectively: Atelier4, Biundici, Casanova+Hernandez, Lorenco&CO, and Zvi Hecker.
 
The International Competition Jury, composed of eminent personalities in the field of architecture and high level representatives of central decision-making governance, after questions addressed after each presentation  made the evaluation of the competing project-ideas  and announced the best project –design  submitted by the Dutch studio “Casanova & Hernandez”
 
The proposal for Marubi Museum aims to promote a rich dialogue between tradition and modernity, past and present. The legacy of the tradition is underlined by restoring the historical building and preserving its spatial and structural qualities without any transformation in volume or any new drastic interior subdivisions. Modernity and the placement of new program is achieved by installing five “functional boxes”, which are prefabricated and detached from the original building as pieces of furniture or sculptural elements. The museum program expands into the public space and one of the “functional boxes” becomes a showcase installed in front of the museum, working as a landmark that invites citizens to visit it.
 
The winning design studio will develop further the implementation project which is expected to be submitted by the end of May 2014; the studio will also supervise the implementation of Marubi project.
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