Corporate Facade for Mellat Bank Branches / Kamran Afshar Naderi, Habibeh Madjdabadi, Alireza Mashhadimirza

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Mellat Bank, with its 3000 branches in Iran, is considered one the most important Iranian banks. Due to the tough competition among the Iranian banks for renovating their image, in January 2009, Mellat Bank management asked the above mentioned designers to design a new façade for its branches. In order to evaluate the sociological, technical and visual consequences of such new corporate concept, the bank decided to apply it first in the façade of an existing branch. More images and project description after the break.

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After a joint study with the client’s experts, the designers selected one of the main branches of the bank Located in Villa street in for housing the pilot project for the new corporate façade concept. The formal solution for the pilot project should have the flexibility of being used in many different contexts and dimensions. For this reason the designers didn’t make any reference to the surrounding buildings. They created a homogeneous form with high graphical impact, that could absorb and solve any situational variation, such as building plan, openings, ATM, door, structural elements and security requirements, without interrupting the continuous form of the façade or losing identity.

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The pattern used to create the façade is based on a simple geometrical principle, first practiced on a A4 paper. The paper was cut along several parallel lines. Consequently the strips of paper were bended on their longitudinal axis with a variety of angles. Anti-oxidation copper sheets were used to create the main form of the façade. The color of copper could compensate the gray and smoggy atmosphere of the Iranian big cities. Aluminum sheets were used to reinforce the copper sheets and steel profiles used as sub-structure for connecting the façade to the building. Behind the copper façade there are burglarproof windows and a rollup steel curtain as the last protection device.

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The access to the bank is through a section of the façade that can move up and down manually. A mechanical system based on pulleys and counterweights allows operators pushing up or pulling down easily the big section of the façade by hand.

Architects: Habibeh Madjdabadi Architecture Office
Location: Tehran, Iran
Team: Kamran Afshar Naderi, Habibeh Madjdabadi, Alireza Mashhadimirza

Cite: Furuto, Alison. "Corporate Facade for Mellat Bank Branches / Kamran Afshar Naderi, Habibeh Madjdabadi, Alireza Mashhadimirza" 08 Jan 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>
  • Ali Shahla

    I,v seen it in Villa street, was amazing for me and my friends,
    I must go inside, It needs interior photos for a comprehensive comment.

  • Tosh

    Wow.. they’ve done it in the least interesting way possible..

  • behnaz

    this elevation is not suitable for this street

    • Shayan

      Can you clarify why it’s not suitable for this street? Because it doesn’t have a masonry finish?

      • behnaz

        if u were near the building at noon you would understand…my opinion is not related to masonnry… it is huge for that site.althought this is just my idea

  • Architecture Lover

    congrats! I like it!
    I like horizontal copper coloured frames in this project.

  • mohammad

    kheili khoooooob shode… thanks :)

  • Habibeh Madjdabadi

    Dear archdaily team:

    This project is a result of collaboration between three architects. Please change the title to:
    Corporate Facade for Mellat Bank Branches / Kamran Afshar Naderi, Habibeh Madjdabadi, Alireza Mashhadimirza

    I already contacted Nico Saieh to make the correction.

    Thanks for your consideration

    Habibeh Madjdabadi

  • Suzan

    I love the surface texture. I am curious to know how the copper will hold up in the pollution over time? Nice job and great to see a project from Iran featured here!

  • Bahman

    The design was supposed to be used on different branches of Mellat bank. Although it seems designers considered this requirement in their concept for design form. but it lacks economic considerations, to meet this specific expectation of client.

    in the other hand, i suppose that the facade prevents the natural lighting penetration in building.

    but it’s really eye-catching and interesting – like a melting stone – in it’s grey colored context. I also admire the innovative approach of designing for such inflexible function.

  • behnaz

    overall,since it will play the roll of a lnatern at night in this dead street…it is not so bad

  • Yousef Behdari

    I like this project. thanks!

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