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Two Germany-based architects, Visar Obrija and Kai Roman Kiklas, have won the award to build a memorial commemorating the hundredth anniversary of Albania's independence.
|Winning project for the 100-years of independence monument|
Albania's Minister of Culture, Aldo Bumci, praised the project of the two architects, who are based in Munich, saying it was inspired by Albania’s traditional architecture.
“The opening of the house symbolizes the liberation of Albania, from isolation toward freedom, looking toward the future,” he noted.
The eight-meter-high structure, which looks like a house cut on its axes and split in two, will have national symbols including the double-headed eagle and the declaration of independence engraved in the inside.
Obrija’s and Kiklas's project was selected as the winner from 35 other bids presented by local and international sculptors.
Some participants in the competition have complained that the organizers announced the competition too late, and that the lack of a decision on whether the monument will be installed in a square or a park was a drawback.
Albania is marking the 100th anniversary of its declaration of independence from the Ottoman Empire on November 28, 1912, and as an important birthday the government has promised to celebrate it in style.
A series of events are under discussion, ranging from the construction of new public works and monuments to more populist ideas, such as mega-concerts by international pop idols.
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