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Pikark, an Inspiring Platform to Promote Local Architecture Internationally

Pikark, an Inspiring Platform to Promote Local Architecture Internationally

By Rudina HOXHA 

“We are happy that, some of the projects Pikark has been promoted, have been spotted in the international market by inspiring us to keep looking and bring the best of our creative people,” said Nesila Hajdini, Founder and CEO of Pikark, an inspiring platform dedicated to architecture and design, realised in Albania and in the region.

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In this exclusive interview with Follow Business Albania, Hajdini says that Pikark stimulates the thoughts and the talents of the young architects who aim for the international market “ as our projects can win international prizes.” 

“Pikark pushes the architects to look toward a meaningful architecture and where to find it in our reality,” she says.

On the other hand, Pikark was the media partner of SHARE TIRANA 2020, which was a great achievement for it. 

Some of the projects Pikark published were noticed internationally up to wining prizes for their designs. The latest one, is the Amber hotel project, realised by a very young and inspiring studio, Atria Studio, which won the Future Project award at SHARE conference held in Tirana. They will be competing among other projects from different countries this November at the final phase of the competition which will take place in Bucharest. 

FULL INTERVIEW BELOW:

How would you describe Pikark and what is your role in it? What is the trend of Pikark and how do you feel about it?

Pikark is the platform dedicated to architecture and design, realised in Albania and in the region. It is a digital space to inspire, to get inspired and create collaborations in order to provide qualitative designs. 

I am the Founder and actually the CEO, meaning I am in person in charge of the development and strategies of how Pikark will evolve. 

Pikark has changed a lot from its creation, more people, especially architects are getting to know it and use it, to get informed, to promote their work, to find professionals and most importantly to inspire through their projects.

There was a huge gap in this field, there was not information about projects, architects or brands present in our market and more important, all the architectural activity was not digitally reflected at all. I really feel, Pikark is a must in our market, and I am happy that is mostly welcomed by the professionals. Of course it needs to develop into an essential tool, to help the workflow of the professionals and we are continuously trying to find the right path to fulfil our mission.

Can you share some of the most successful projects of Pikark in Albania and beyond nd what make them stand out?

Our prior mission is to promote our local architecture in an international market, and thankfully, some of the projects we did publish were noticed internationally up to wining prizes for their designs. The latest one, is the Amber hotel project, realised by a very young and inspiring studio, Atria Studio, which won the Future Project award at SHARE conference held in Tirana. They will be competing among other projects from different countries this November at the final phase of the competition which will take place in Bucharest. 

Also, one of the projects that was very inspiring is the Kulla e Arnume, for Mrizi i Zanave, created by a newly established and very inspiring studio, Plis Atelier, which has a delicate approach to our national identity, trying to revive our culture in a new modern touch. 

We are happy that, some of the projects we have been promoted, have been spotted in the international market by inspiring us to keep looking and bring the best of our creative people.

What role does green building play into Pikark work?

Green building design is not very spread in our building environment, even-though construction companies are more more into providing design and materials toward an energy efficiency building, but still there is more to do. Pikark, beside some tips and information about companies that do green roofs, has not spread much awareness. We are conscious that the future is about green buildings and we will focus more on this path in our writings and blog.

 You got involved in SHARE TIRANA 2020. What is in store for Pikark in 2020? What professionals should expect from it during this year?

This year, Pikark was the media partner of SHARE TIRANA 2020, which to us was a great achievement. This event led to meeting inspiring architects and be part of a well formed network of professional architects, enabling us to get in contact with different and skilled architects of the region, by so widening our horizon in what to bring in Pikark.

Pikark, besides bringing information, intends to be evolved in a real dynamic website, where architects, brands and clients can interact and communicate in order to create collaborations, why not also creating real design projects. Pikark aims also to introduce a marketplace for products and materials in collaboration with brands and manufactures. Meanwhile, we will continue to organise events, workshops and provide the variety of conferences, competitions, design weeks happening in Albania.

How do you inspire the Albanian young architects and what can they find at Pikark?

We inspire the young architects to look at the local design capabilities and be aware that also in our small market we can create beautiful and meaningful designs. We inspire them to aim for the international market, as also our projects can win international prizes. Pikark pushes them to look toward a meaningful architecture and where to find it in our reality. 

Also we are aiming to infuse the storytelling of a design, the importance of why, the importance of art, of inspiration and emotions. So each design product comes in a different light, so they know who created a design product, why and the story behind. Beside this, we also provide the information where to find these unique products, so they can proudly propose into their designs.

Pikark, also serves as the connection between studios and young architects, by having a special carrier page, where they can find the latest job vacancies. Also, in collaboration with our partners, we have a co-working space, free of charge for all the architects and designers, where they can come, work, research and get the right assistance for their project. (as we have catalogs, products and samples and get in touch with us. It is a good method for us to get in touch with young architects, their needs and how to better provide the right information to them. We are not only digital, but also reachable with a great space where they can get the right support.

So we believe we are inspiring a bit.. 🙂

Some of the projects promoted by Pikark:

Amber Hotel, by  Atria studio

https://pikark.com/sq/amber_hotel_projekt/

The patched tower, Mrizi i zanave, by  Plis Atelier
Deutchcolor by Markingplan  – architect – Agim Marku
Kep Merli, Villa Marine by Boiken Construction
Amidst the Olive Groves by  Avatelir
Armand Vokshi
Shkolla Servete Maci nga Studioarch4

Angles studio by Molos Group

       

Xplan Studio Sky memorial
Xplan Studio Sky memorial
Atelier4, New Bazaar

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