The programme includes one hotel with a capacity of one hundred rooms and a residential complex consisting of three main buildings housing forty individual villas. The project sets a standard of excellence in terms of sustainable development for Albania
and acts as a catalyst for future projects within the area in which it is situated.

Program: Design project of a new tourist complex with golf
field and wellness center

Location: Durrës, Albania
Client: Dudaj Konstruksion
Assignment: Architecture: Preliminary design, scheme design, detail design, art direction. Structure: Preliminary design, scheme design, detail design, technical direction
Schedule: Municipality’s approval: January 2008
Status: In Progress
Lot Area: 60,000 sqm
Built Area: 40,000 sqm
Total Cost: 15,000,000 Euro
Consultants: Structural Engineering _Studio associato
Labores, eng. Raffaello Romano, eng. Giovanni Maria
Santini, eng. Alessandro Galli

Within the canvas of urban development, this complex stands as a testament to innovative design that surpasses the ordinary constraints of building regulations, ensuring a conscientious transformation of the landscape. While the regulatory tape allows for a maximum ground area development of 35%, our tourist sanctuary gracefully treads with only 18% as its built ground area, steadfastly maintaining a three-story elevation. This deliberate embrace of lower density not only yields a more extensive natural panorama but also champions a diminished environmental impact, echoing our dedication to a sustainable and aesthetically pleasing coexistence with the surrounding ecology.


The project is strategically positioned 350 meters away from the water’s edge, surpassing the 300-meter limit set by European legislation. This deliberate decision aims to sidestep the removal of local vegetation and prevent the reduction of ground drainage. Such precautions are essential to prevent adverse impacts on the local natural environment, specifically averting beach erosion and deterioration of the dunes. Numerous speculative developments in southern Italy and Spain serve as precedents, highlighting the potential ecological consequences of encroaching closer to the water’s edge.

In the design phase of the tourist complex, 60 trees will be removed, but a commendable 220 new trees are slated for planting, exceeding the local legislative requirement of 180. The selection of vegetation reflects careful consultation with Albanian botanists, ensuring the inclusion of only native species to bolster the existing natural environment and preserve a rich biodiversity.

To minimize the ecological footprint, the project plans to construct buildings on raised platforms, preserving local topography and enhancing ground drainage. Solar panels covering the entire roof meet the hotel and spa’s year-round energy demands, while a dedicated water purification system manages wastewater efficiently, recycling it with organic nutrients and minerals for irrigation. The complex integrates a rainwater collection system, reducing reliance on irrigation, and acts as a seawater desalination plant, utilizing the water table for sustainable drinking water. Energy conservation measures, including solar-powered outdoor lighting, strategic shading, and highly insulated wall construction, such as Poroton, aim to reduce environmental impact. Embracing an eco-marketing approach, the project emphasizes lower ground area exploitation and density, increasing real-estate value, forming a sustainable model aligning with overarching environmental and economic goals.


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