Gjirokastra & Berat, Albania

Located in central and southern Albania, Berat and Gjirokastra historic centres were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2005, thanks to the valuable presence of several remarkable examples of Ottoman-styled houses and for the integrity of their vernacular urban landscape. Born for defensive purposes, the architectural typology that characterizes these cities is that of the tower house (Kulla). The lower floors of the buildings used stone as the main material of the walls, reinforced by wooden elements, the upper floors are made of mixed structures with a wooden frame. In Gjirokaster, the roofs are in stone slabs, and in Berat, they are in roof tiles. The activities carried out in Gjirokastra are aimed to analyze the local building culture through the use of the instruments of survey and digital representation, and with the collaboration of students and local experts. The investigation activities were carried out adopting an interdisciplinary approach and using both traditional and advanced data gathering techniques.

Zekate House, Albania


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Zekate House, Albania

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Geographical Context
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Urban Features
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Building Culture
Conservation Management


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