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Elian Stefa

http://elianstefa.com

Rr. Sami Frasheri 24, Tirana, Albania
Elian Stefa is a Tirana based architect and curator. His work focuses on exploring ambiguous territories, revitalisation of abandoned spaces, and collaborative design. He has exhibited or curated at the Istanbul Design Biennale, New Museum NYC, EXD/Lisboa, and participated at the Albanian Pavilion at the 13th Architecture Venice Biennale with Concrete Mushrooms, a project which transforms Albania's 750,000 bunkers into tourist campsites.

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Reawakening the island of Sazan.

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Reawakening the island of Sazan.
The demilitarisation of an abandoned bunker island becomes fertile ground for creative settlements.
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  • Systemic changes

Sazan is the only island in Albania. Located 17km off the coast of the southern city of Vlora, the relationship between Sazan and the mainland has always been one shrouded in mystery-- so near yet unattainable. While it was nearly impossible for regular citizens to even approach it due to its strategic military role throughout history, at its peak the island was home to a population of over 3000 servicemen and their families, with 2 primary schools, a hospital complex, and several neighbourhoods.

With the fall of the communist regime in 1991, the island became completely uninhabited, leaving dozens of buildings, kilometres of underground tunnels, and thousands of concrete bunkers haunting the hills and beaches of the island.

ARTiLERIA is the reawakening of the island of Sazan as an experimental playground for design, architecture, and visual arts. How can decolonizing military infrastructure become the bridge of connection and dialogue between cultures scarred by conflict?


Sazan island as seen from the Vlora region.

Art(i)leria


Reawakening the island of Sazan.

Art(i)leria


Reawakening the island of Sazan.
The demilitarisation of an abandoned bunker island becomes fertile ground for creative settlements.
File under
Type of project
  • Systemic changes

Sazan is the only island in Albania. Located 17km off the coast of the southern city of Vlora, the relationship between Sazan and the mainland has always been one shrouded in mystery-- so near yet unattainable. While it was nearly impossible for regular citizens to even approach it due to its strategic military role throughout history, at its peak the island was home to a population of over 3000 servicemen and their families, with 2 primary schools, a hospital complex, and several neighbourhoods.

With the fall of the communist regime in 1991, the island became completely uninhabited, leaving dozens of buildings, kilometres of underground tunnels, and thousands of concrete bunkers haunting the hills and beaches of the island.

ARTiLERIA is the reawakening of the island of Sazan as an experimental playground for design, architecture, and visual arts. How can decolonizing military infrastructure become the bridge of connection and dialogue between cultures scarred by conflict?


Sazan island as seen from the Vlora region.


Idea by

Elian Stefa
Rr. Sami Frasheri 24
Tirana
Albania
Elian Stefa is a Tirana based architect and curator. His work focuses on exploring ambiguous territories, revitalisation of abandoned spaces, and collaborative design. He has exhibited or curated at the Istanbul Design Biennale, New Museum NYC, EXD/Lisboa, and participated at the Albanian Pavilion at the 13th Architecture Venice Biennale with Concrete Mushrooms, a project which transforms Albania's 750,000 bunkers into tourist campsites.