BMA + Tresi proposal on Gjakova’s Park

Aiming to consolidate the park site in to a more rational space, the team led by Besian Mehmeti Architects and Rron Tresi have won the special mention award, on the competition launched by municipal of Gjakova to redesign city’s park area. Designed to act as a welcoming landmark for the city, the proposal fulfills its requirements by the design of fluid forms which were generated by natural shapes of the city’s structure.

Read on after the break authors design proposal and description.

City in a Park or park in a City?

Vibrant city of Gjakova with its position, presents an oasis filled with various values.

A place with where tradition is combined with sensational and positive energy so the Gjakova evolves as a contemporary city. Gjakova is undergoing a rapid transformation where along with social changes, urban space is being modernized. The way of living in this city where public space is an inseparable part of activities, commercial as well as social, raises the importance of treatment of these spaces in higher level.

Is it possible that the picturesque nature around the city to bear this sensation even in its center?

Natural attributes have high potential to increase the value of experiencing the city.

The city core that is characterized with the Old Bazaar, should be reflected with other features around urban blocks, where should be filled with parks and green spaces. City Park that has a central position in the relatively new area of Gjakova and serves as a mirror of experiencing the identity of the city. Park that contains characters and elements of historical events increases the value of this public space.

The transformation of the park proposal tries through dynamic forms to personify the very idea behind the city. Placement of historical figures creates a timeline of city’s tradition. Design proposal tends to preserve the placement of existing trees and to be complimented with additional greenery to increase the feeling of the park.

How to relocate and place statues and the fountain to generate new attractive areas that have an impact in experiencing the park differently?

Fluid forms are generated from natural shapes of the structure of the city where river Krena represents an asset with high potential. Fluidity of spiral shapes on the pavement tend to change the monotony of conventional parks, creating a dynamic game in three dimensional perception of the park. Green islands shaped individually represent on one hand the diversity of the city and on the other hand the connection of the past with the present. Park topography is another element in creation of a more dynamic experience of the space, while with urban furniture is reached a comfort to use the park for recreation. Incorporation of sculptural elements only enriches the environment. Children’s playground has an important role in the park where through children’s games it is reached a different experience of the park.

Redefinition of this public space and return of various functions compliments the city of Gjakova with a cozy and attractive environment where every citizen from each age group will find a way to experience it.