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

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

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.


The winning design highlights the two important elements of modern Iranian architecture and city planning: the garden and “qanats,” underground water channels that use gravity to transfer water from higher elevations to cities. In form, the pavilion represents a section of land in which guides visitors through a qanat and ultimately to the crop it feeds. This garden will then provide the food that will be used to serve local Iranian cuisine to Expo visitors.

It is important to note that although this proposal won the competition, it is unclear whether or not the Iranian government will move forward with its development. 

  • Competition

    Iranian Pavilion (Milan Expo 2015)
  • Award

    First Prize
  • Architects

    Laboratorio di Architettura e Design (LAD) , Naqsh,E,Jahan-Pars (NJP)
  • Project and Design Manager

    Hamid Mirmiran
  • Design Consultant

    Iraj Etesam, Nasrine Faghih, Francesco Napolitano (LAD)
  • Coordination Manager

    Farideh Saebi
  • Co-Designer and Coordinator

    Saman Sayar
  • Design Team

    Maryam Rahimi Danesh, Hiva Farajpoor Bakhtiari, Saeed Amirzadeh (LAD) Project Associates: Maryam Shirsalimian, Shima Aghaei Karim, Mana Ghabussi, Azadeh Piroozmand, Tina Fazeli, Mina Shamisa
  • Conceptual Programming

    Mohammad Salari far, Amin Masoodi
  • Area Planning Studies

    Nader Roozrokh, Tohideh Yadegari
  • Structure Studies

    Ehsan Sabaghi, Ali Etesam
  • MEP

    Behrooz Alamdar Milani, Hamidreza Lahijani
  • 3D Renders

    Majid Jahan-mehr, Nazli Milani
  • Model

    Hossein Ghaffari, Saeed Toodeh Fallah, Alireza Khosravi Fard
  • Photography

    Hamidreza Framarzi, Azad Zargami
  • Graphic Design

    Reza Soltani-Zadeh
  • Area

    800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

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Karissa Rosenfield
Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Milan Expo 2015: NJP, LAD Win Competition for Iranian Pavilion " 19 Jan 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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