Architects: Fluid Motion Architects – Reza Daneshmir, Catherine Spiridonoff
Location: Tehran, 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
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.
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.
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
3- Integration, Architecture, Structure and Program
4- Creating a dialogue with the city through the generation of urban open spaces (Eyvan).
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.