After a competition between over 100 firms, AGi Architects and Shift Process Practice have received 2nd prize for their proposal for a mixed-use city complex in Mashhad, Iran. The design includes commercial and residential units, in addition to a clinic, an aparthotel and various public spaces. The proposal breaks the mold of large retail centers that blunt street culture and have large carbon footprints by diversifying the building uses at street level.
The site massing acknowledges the Mashhad Mausoleum, an important pilgrimage site, with most of the residential units facing the sanctuary. The facades are inspired by Persian architecture, using patterns found on typical Persian dywan structures.
The commercial area is organized as a continuous topography, with the ground and first floors exchanging public spaces and opening up to street retail areas. Shopping units and other services such as a clinic and public spaces are distributed throughout the neighbourhood.
What would otherwise be large chunks of mall are split apart to empower pedestrians with the use of connecting courtyards and public gardens. Above, a combination of normal apartments and hotels meets housing needs for residents and tourists.
ArchitectsAGi Architects, Shift Process Practice
LocationMashhad, Khorasan Razavi, Iran
Main ArchitectsNasser B. Abulhasan, Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea, Rambod Eilkhani, Nashid Nabian
Project LeadersJusto Ruiz, Bruno Gomes, Parnian Ghaeami,Dorna Mesrzadeh, Ehsan Karimi
Project TeamNima Haghighatpour, Pablo Sanchez de Vega, Laura Sedano, Alfredo García, Nazanin Javaheri, Mohammadhasan Tavangar, Naghmeh Asadbeigi
Renders2R Studio, Ehsan Karimi
PhotographsCourtesy of 2R Studio and Ehsan Karimi, Courtesy of AGi Architects