Designed by LAVA, the proposal for the Tehran Stock Exchange fuses visionary geometries and forms with traditional elements of Persian culture. The vision seeks to define a new typology for the next century, mixing virtual and human interaction. Inspired by the local morphology such as cave houses, the building is envisioned as an urban rock, with smartly carved ovoid shapes enhancing natural light, panoramic views, interior spaces and the relationship with the surroundings. An interior light void maximizes fresh air and sunlight, while roof terraces add to the amenity of workers. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Past, present and future meet inside the exchange hall, where modern muqarnas, an interactive data dome and high-tech data screens work together in a tribute to Persian history and architecture. The office floors are filled with light and air, enjoy breathtaking mountain views and allow highly functional and flexible workspace layouts. The most advanced design technologies create a fully sustainable, flexible and unique public center for the economy of the country, with a highly iconic identity.
The façade draws inspiration from the tessellation and light prisms of the local architecture, whilst a media façade broadcasts real time news and an intelligent skin responds to changing climatic conditions. This design carves Tehran’s new city icon.
Architects: LAVA – Laboratory for Visionary Architecture Location: Tehran, Iran Team: Chris Bosse, Tobias Wallisser, Alexander Rieck Partners: MOM, Iran Arch Client: Tehran Stock Exchange Size: 27,380 sqm Status: Competition Date: 2012