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Pedari Guest House / ZAVarchitects

  • Architects: ZAVarchitects
  • Location: Khansar, Isfahan, Iran
  • Architect in Charge: Mohammadreza Ghodousi, Parsa Ardam, Fati Rezaiee
  • Design Team: Shahrzad Fadayi, Pooneh Sadrimanesh
  • Area: 2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Mohamadreza Rashed, Nasim Mosavar, Golnaz Bahrami, Ila Deris

© Mohamadreza Rashed, Nasim Mosavar, Golnaz  Bahrami, Ila Deris © Mohamadreza Rashed, Nasim Mosavar, Golnaz  Bahrami, Ila Deris © Mohamadreza Rashed, Nasim Mosavar, Golnaz  Bahrami, Ila Deris © Mohamadreza Rashed, Nasim Mosavar, Golnaz  Bahrami, Ila Deris

Kamvari Architects Design Mixed-Use Development for Tehran

The winner of a competition for a mixed-use building scheme, London-based Kamvari Architects has unveiled the design for Zartosht, a 300,000 square-foot retail and office building in Tehran, Iran. The building's design is based largely on local cultural contexts, like the region’s reputation for renowned fabric and textile shops, and environmentalism, particularly with respect to solar energy.

Kaveh House Renovation in Tehran / Pargar Architecture and Design Studio

© Mehrdad Emrani © Mehrdad Emrani © Mehrdad Emrani © Hossein Farahani

Kahrizak Residential Project / CAAT Studio

  • Architects: CAAT Studio
  • Location: Kahrizak, Tehran, Iran
  • Architect in Charge: Mahdi Kamboozia
  • Design Collaborator: Helena Ghanbari
  • Assistant: Alireza Movahedi
  • Area: 1660.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Parham Taghiof, Ashkan Radnia

© Parham Taghiof © Parham Taghiof © Parham Taghiof © Parham Taghiof

Aperture / Admun Design & Construction Studio

  • Architects: Admun Design & Construction Studio
  • Location: Bumehen, Tehran, Iran
  • Architect in Charge: Shobeir Mousavi, Amir Reza Fazel
  • Design Team: Fatemeh Kargar, Mohsen Fayazbakhsh, Ramtin Haghnazar
  • Project Team: Majid Rahmati, Bahareh Ahmadnia
  • Presentation Team: Mostafa Karbasi, Niousha Ghasem
  • Area: 650.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Parham Taghioff

© Parham Taghioff © Parham Taghioff © Parham Taghioff © Parham Taghioff

Mateusz Pospiech Proposes a Megastructure to Replace Iran's Dried Up Zayanderud River

For generations, nature has been held up as something to respect, to take inspiration from, to place at the center of architecture. Few new designs today are complete without some visualized parkland or tree placed implausibly high up on the latest visionary high rise development. But what do you do when nature ups and leaves? How can architecture respond? That’s the question that Mateusz Pospiech’s master’s thesis, completed at the Silesian University of Technology, attempts to answer by taking the severe example of the disappearance of Iran’s Zayanderud River and proposing the equally incredible solution: an enormous, six-kilometer-long ecologically sustainable megastructure along the dried riverbed, healing the scar both in the landscape and in the minds of Iranians.

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Diyar Media Studio / ReNa Design

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Afsharian's House / ReNa Design

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CAAT Studio Propose Large Scale Commercial Centre in Isfahan

Courtesy of CAAT Studio
Courtesy of CAAT Studio

The Hamedanian, a proposal by CAAT Architecture Studio in collaboration with TTBP, seeks to design a large scale commercial complex in the centre of one of the oldest streets in the Iranian city of Isfahan. If built, the mixed use development, half which is parking facilities, would feature commercial and office space.

From Autonomy to Automation: The Work of Peter Eisenman

BANAMID Architecture Research Institute in collaboration with AN.ONYMOUS will hold the third International conference from the “Contemporary Architecture: Iran and the World Dialogue” series in Tehran, Iran. The conference, titled “From Autonomy to Automation: The Work of Peter Eisenman” will focus on the defining legacy of Peter Eisenman spanning across 50 years of his intellectual and professional body of work. The conference will trace the evolution of Eisenman’s work over time and will examine its imprint on the contemporary discourse of architecture.

AA Visiting School: Tehran - The Third Place-Urban Machines

Tehran, Iran’s capital, ranks among the world’s fast-growing cities. In the early 1940s, Tehran’s population was about 700,000. By 1966, it had risen to 3 million and by 1986 to 6 million. Today, the metropolitan area has more than 10 million residents. This explosive growth has had environmental and public health consequences, including air, water pollution and the loss of arable land and public realm. The ever increasing land value makes developments and the replacement of urban open space and easy choice. With the disappearance of open public plaza, by traffic islands and motorways the predominant public space left in the city is its many traffic arteries.

With a young population and the Cars as the main mode of transport in the city, the many highways of Tehran come to a grinding halt during rush hour.

New Wave Architecture Designs Rock Gym for Polur

In response to the climbing potential of Polur, Iran, New Wave Architecture has designed a new rock climbing hall within the rocky lands of Mazandaran. Overlooking the country’s highest peak, the “fragmented mass” invites nature and landscape to “visually creep into the building” to offer daylight and establish a strong connection between climbers and the surrounding landscape. 

Milan Expo 2015: NJP, LAD Win Competition for Iranian Pavilion

Naqsh,E,Jahan-Pars (NJP), in collaboration with the Laboratorio di Architettura e Design (LAD), has been named winner of an international competition for the Iranian Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. Based on “a living process narrative in the central plateau of Iran,” the winning scheme responds to the Expo’s “Feeding the Planet” theme by exposing the underground channels of water that give life to Iran’s many desert cities. 

Competition Entry: Iran Pavilion (Expo Milan 2015) / New Wave Architecture

New Wave Architecture's proposal (one of eight) for the 2015 Milan Expo demonstrates an essence of Iran brought together in a series of organic forms. The expo's theme, Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life, is encapsulated the designer's exploration of the trace of cookery in culture, literature and Iranian art. The conceptual idea behind New Wave's proposal, The Persian Garden, reflects the cycle of a tree: the organism is fed by the soil, grows and blossoms, before nourishing people and spreading throughout the earth "to asset its support."

Qom Central Building of Construction Engineering Organization / Partar Architecture Studio

The design for the Qom Central Building of Construction Engineering Organization by Partar Architecture Studio began with “a key question that discussed the feasibility and impossibility of imagining a unique design which best suits the spatial quality of traditional Iranian architecture." Partar’s design process was based on this challenge, and has led to an interesting proposal that attempts to bridge the art of architecture and the technology of construction using an understanding of the phenomenological aspects of Persian art and ornament, coupled with traditional Persian building techniques. 

AA Visiting School Tehran

Taking place August 31-September 14, the 3rd annual AA Visiting School Tehran will be examining the quality of our urban spaces, we will be looking at infill sites, leftover spaces which have been generated as a result inefficient use of public roads to examine the potential for the generation of usable public space, or in other words the third place (the first being the home, the second the workplace). Using the theme 'The Third Place-Urban Machines,' they will be using our experiences from past years in regards to prototyping and simplex manufacturing to inform proposals for urban machines and interventions. These Proposals will attempt to specifically address site concerns and conditions. Our ambition is to produce and implement these proposals on site across the city. Applications are due no later than August 17. For more information, please visit here.

Ryhan Villa Complex Gate Winning Proposal / Waltritsch a+u + Rndr Studio

Waltritsch a+u, in collaboration with Rndr Studio, just won the 1st prize in a international competition for the design of the Ryhan villa complex ‘s gate in Mazandaran province, North Iran. The entrance will warmly receive the people back home, and bless them before they leave for their daily activities in the world. The architects' inspiration from beautiful forms of Iranian architecture has been summarized into a simple and delicate gesture. More images and architects' description after the break.

House in Isfahan / Logical Process in Architectural Design Office

  • Architects: Logical Process in Architectural Design Office
  • Location: Isfahan City, iran
  • Architect in Charge: Ehsan Hosseini, Elham Geramizadeh
  • Design Team: Amirali Poorkian
  • Contractor: Mehdi Hasan Nezhad
  • Area: 640.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: F. Nasrabadi

© F. Nasrabadi © F. Nasrabadi © F. Nasrabadi © F. Nasrabadi