Mellat Park Cineplex / Fluid Motion Architects

© Ali Daghigh

Architects:  Fluid Motion Architects, Catherine Spiridonoff
Location: , Iran
Project team:  Bijan Vaziri, Arash Javadi, Amir Badiei, Akram Lolaei, Elaheh Najafi, Iman Nedaei, Mohammad Mehrabani, Majid Ahmadi, Iman Daneshvarnejad
Structural Consultant: Hamid Bastani Parizi (N.A.S Consulting Engineers)
Mechanical Consultant: Badri Rahimzadeh
Electrical Consultant: Amir Shaabanzadeh
Structural and Architectural Contractor: Nikan Niroo Co.
Mechanical And Electrical Contractor: Arkan Arzesh Co.
Cinema Instruments: Masoud Roostaei
Environmental Graphic: Peyman Banishoraka
Client: Development of Cultural Spaces Co. (Tehran Municipality)
Project area: 6,000 sqm
Project year: 2003 – 2008
Photographs: Homauon Amir Yeganeh, Ali Daghigh, Ardavan Bidgoli, Maryam Jami, Reza Daneshmir

© Ali Daghigh

Mellat Park Cineplex, located in the municipal district 3 of Tehran in an extended and indefinite piece of land with the area of 6000 sq m, has been designed and constructed in the far south-east side of Mellat Park.

With the total floor area of 15400 sq m, this project includes 4movie halls, each occupying 300 persons, and a small performance hall with the capacity of 30 persons, along with exhibition areas, restaurant, coffee shop, Book and CD store, offices and service areas.

© Homauon Amir Yeganeh

Regarding the long and indeterminate shape of the site and the possibility to place 2 movie halls on the ground floor and 2 other movie halls at the basement, the spatial organization of the project has been defined in a way to present an idea of space in accordance with the physical program and the structure of the project and also having interaction with the exquisite nature of the environment.

second floor plan

Hence, by connecting the rotating slopes of the two movie halls along one another, an extensive covered plaza (Eyvan) was created which is the main achievement of this project for the city, and will be a place to talk, to exchange ideas, to celebrate an occasion and a variety of other cultural and social events.

The main attributes of this project can be shortened in 5 main issues:

1- Finding lost spaces in the city to rehabilitate them to active urban spaces.

2-Accordance with the park environment and the perspective of the mountains in the north of Tehran

© Ali Daghigh

3- Integration, Architecture, Structure and Program

4- Creating a dialogue with the city through the generation of urban open spaces (Eyvan).

site plan

5- Posing the issue of movement and time through the creation of a flexible and variable structure along the project by employing general ramps; the dynamism and change has been presented both conceptually and literally.

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Cite: "Mellat Park Cineplex / Fluid Motion Architects" 03 Mar 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>
  • up_today_arch

    I got real pleasure when I see these executive drawings… The movement of entire building also very sophiisticated…

  • Mohsen

    It is a masterpiece ,we are proud of you guys…

    • ehsan nikdel

  • dashen

    a interesting design, but the construction r really terriable.

  • Amin

    Although I love all the Iranian Architects, but let’s be honest. I know lots of problems and restrictions in Iran. But, what is a masterpiece? what is so creative or innovative with this building? It may be the best contemporary building in Iran, but have ever feel that fluidity in the spaces? It just exists in the form of the building. Have you ever found that the building has no good relationship with site and it’s surrounding? The architect has tried to paste that to the site just by it’s two furthest edges. the two other surfaces, which are the same, are even more terrible, no harmony with the rest of building and the park .Another thing that bothers me a lot is the building’s volume which don’t let the people see the view of Alborz mountains which are one of the main characteristics of Tehran. But in my view it’s plaza is one of the best urban spaces in the city which suffers form public spaces. I think it could be even better.
    Thanks Reza Daneshmir.

  • Rodas

    maybe not a master piece, but definitely a great pleasure feeling when perceptible by my ocular organs!

  • Marie

    Nice to post the original building. Sadar-Vuga office ripped off their design for their Block 39 competition entry in Serbia, it’s got to expose this kind of stuff.

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  • Rashed Azizi

    being brave is sth really difficult in contemporary architecture in iran, imagine that our construction methods are really old and out of date, so this building, specificly in construction, is a good sample for young architects…

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    Wow, incredible blog layout! How lengthy have you ever been running a blog for? you made running a blog look easy. The total glance of your website is wonderful, as neatly as the content!

  • alireza teymuri

    very nice.

  • i am

    i have gone to this place for several time
    its cinema is really luxury… :)
    sometimes they let expensive cars to be parked under the building…

  • reza katebi

    very nice

  • Davood Safiyary

    awesome….good job!