Coming from the airport, the road leading to Tirana is dominated by haphazard constructions. The petrol station on this road reasserts itself in this ever-changing context: a composition of parts, working at different scales, speeds and distances.

A large, asymmetrical T is a premature response to surrounding building heights that still have to materialize. Visible from afar, it forms an obvious welcoming gesture for visitors to Tirana and the petrol station. A large brick dome resting on three points covers the fill-up area, creating a shaded space with quasi-religious aspirations. One of these points is the corner of the shop and back office: a straightforward glass and concrete box. The other two points are part of the large T: one sits on the leg of the T, the other hovers in the air, suspended by a cable on the largest branch. This deliberate blurring of the constructive elements – a genuine tour de force – creates a composition that is irrational enough to face what is to come.

  • Location

    Tirana, Albania

  • Client

    Europetrol shpk

  • Design


  • Completion


  • 51N4E involvement

    Final design

  • 51N4E project team

    Johan Anrys, Freek Persyn, Peter Swinnen, Joost Körver, Bob De Wispelaere

  • Structural engineer

    BAS/Dirk Jaspaert

  • Construction management

    Atelier 4

  • Programme

    Service station

  • Site surface

    1.130 m²

  • Built surface

    380 m²

  • Photography

    Stefano Graziani

  • Image credits