todayDecember 20, 2022
The site has remains from major civilisations from the ancient Greeks and Byzantines through to the Venetian and Ottoman periods.
Butrint Management Foundation and Malcolm Reading Consultants chose the following:
They will now create concept designs for the carbon-neutral visitor centre, which will be a gateway to the park amid rising visitor numbers.
Teams from 17 countries entered the contest.
Finalists get an honorarium of US$10,000 for their concept design.
They’ll visit the site in early 2023, with the new visitor centre due to open in 2025.
Malcolm Reading, competition director, said: “This is a fascinating shortlist, a unique mix of renowned architects.
“These practices have achieved national landmarks and won significant awards. The connecting thread is their sensitivity… both in responding to a setting and producing resonant design.”
The site’s highlights include an ancient Epirot Theater, Roman Forum and an early Byzantine Baptistery with a well-preserved mosaic pavement, along with other monuments dating from the Hellenic, Roman, Byzantine, Angevin, Venetian and Ottoman periods.
The national park contains hills, lakes, wetlands, salt marshes, plains, reed beds and coastal islands.
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