Kamran Kopaei / Amordad design developer

Architects: Amordad design developer
Location: Esfahan, Iran
Principals: Kamran Kopaei, Farshad Shagoshtasbi, Golrokh Kopaei
Owner: Sepahan beyond research (structure & mechanic office)
Project year: 2008
Photographs: Amordad design developer

The matter of design is an old residential building in the city of Isfahan which was supposed to be remodeled as an office.

Regarded to the traditional elements of Iranian local architecture, the design team tried to use contemporary synonyms of traditional materials and forms such as; hand-made bricks, colored glasses, wooden decorations, vitray and water; also the Iranian form of cross which was traditionally used to manage the divisions of space.


The concept of designing for the central void is derived from the form and application of traditional wind towers of desert regions of Iran. This void can lead the wind into the spaces in different floors around it. And because of applying the water in the bottom, it would also become cool and refreshed. In addition the void can also lead the natural light through the mirrors which are used in its body. These mirrors reflect the light to each other so that it can move down and get to the spaces even in the ground floor.

light control diagram

In the south elevation, there is a special frame of black which is used to control the direct and intensive light of the west in the evening. The façade is a itself is flat; but the fame is a little rotated; so there is a difference in distance between two ends of this frame and the surface of façade that cause this covering. In this façade the main material in use is hand-made brick in two sizes (90*7 – 40*7) and various colors. That can make it local and known.

In brief this building is a combination of modern spaces which all can be understood as the continuity of traditional architecture of Iran.

Cite: "Kamran Kopaei / Amordad design developer" 25 Apr 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=20550>
  • Baptiste Lenoir


    my point is : there is a Svatiska cross in the perspective of an Iranian office project.

  • NB

    nice design of colorful glasses .

  • Richie

    I like the odd use of materials, the stained glass windows and the brick patterns on the elevation!

  • milad

    this is great design in small area and strict iran regulations design.

    • ali jafari

      sorry, which strict regulation are you talking about?I believe Iran is one of few countries where designers could do what they want.the trouble is currently most of them just follow the trend which is led by property developers who mostly used to be simple builders.

  • kamran

    to Baptiste Lenoir :
    befor this is not swastika, this is an Iranian sign come from more than 5000 years ago.

  • milad

    i m accept to kamran

  • Omid.K.M

    amazing, good luck dear friend

  • Omid.K.M

    amazing.., good luck dear friend

  • garsivaz

    indubitably it’s iranian sign and the facts show that you are a great architecture.

  • Aryo

    great design.

    dear Baptiste Lenoir, Swastika is an Iranian symbol.
    please read, before commenting!


    This Iranian necklace, with Swastika motifs was excavated from Kaluraz, Guilan, Northern Iran, first millennium BC, National Museum of Iran.

  • http://maryamnademi.cgsociety.org/ maryamnademi

    its a nice achievement,considering using brick in Isfahan is mandatory.and nice modern approach to traditional architecture.

  • http://www.talkitect.com Lucas Gray

    I think the main atrium with the dark shiny walls and stained glass window is incredibly ugly. I do like the varying use of brick on the facade though. I appreciate the requirement to conform with traditional architecture but in general I don’t think this building is all that fantastic. Most of the internal spaces seem dark and rather dated.

  • Sumer

    To some extent I agree with Lucas. Some of these photos are the “Art of Photography” and not necessarily Architecture. The brick pattern on the elevation is SO CHAOTIC! Iranians and Persian have a great background in brick work in history. Is this what it has become now? Good effort in general though!

  • mst

    I lone esfahan

  • Hooman

    Im an Iranian and I live in Isfahan. This is not a good example of Iranian architecture. brick use verymuch in isfahan but there is not enough reasons to this design and this using bricks.

  • http://sharhehal.persianblog.ir/ h.shahriari

    sorry i didnt know that the coments are in english.however you mixed iranian features and modern feature.i think its much more better than those huge aluminium volume that we see in tehran or other parts of iran or the world.good luck and continue working in this way.creative and iranian

  • rain

    hello.please hellp me!where is bulding in the esfahan?street or lane?

  • masoud nasr


  • mohammad

    kheyli bahale

  • Mr Owl

    Ok, from a western point of view this building starts off with a commotion..but since it’s not meant western, our view towards certain symbolism (which also appears in the fascade by the way) is quite irrelevant.

  • ali rahi


  • sepehr edalati

    simple but veri nice…..
    i like it……

  • Mahdi Jalali

    PERFECT,This is my master , Lady GOLROKH KOPAEI + Family