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  1. ArchDaily
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  3. Mixed Use Architecture
  4. Iran
  5. AGi Architects
  6. 2016
  7. AGi Architects and Shift Process Practice Reveal Finalist Proposal for Mashhad City Complex in Iran

AGi Architects and Shift Process Practice Reveal Finalist Proposal for Mashhad City Complex in Iran

AGi Architects and Shift Process Practice Reveal Finalist Proposal for Mashhad City Complex in Iran
AGi Architects and Shift Process Practice Reveal Finalist Proposal for Mashhad City Complex in Iran, Courtesy of 2R Studio and Ehsan Karimi
Courtesy of 2R Studio and Ehsan Karimi

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.

Courtesy of 2R Studio and Ehsan Karimi Courtesy of 2R Studio and Ehsan Karimi Courtesy of 2R Studio and Ehsan Karimi Aerial Rendered View. Image Courtesy of 2R Studio and Ehsan Karimi + 15

Courtesy of 2R Studio and Ehsan Karimi
Courtesy of 2R Studio and Ehsan Karimi

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.

Courtesy of 2R Studio and Ehsan Karimi
Courtesy of 2R Studio and Ehsan Karimi

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.

Massing Morphology Diagram. Image Courtesy of AGi Architects
Massing Morphology Diagram. Image Courtesy of AGi Architects

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.

Aerial Rendered View. Image Courtesy of 2R Studio and Ehsan Karimi
Aerial Rendered View. Image Courtesy of 2R Studio and Ehsan Karimi
  • Architects

    AGi Architects, Shift Process Practice
  • Location

    Mashhad, Khorasan Razavi, Iran
  • Main Architects

    Nasser B. Abulhasan, Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea, Rambod Eilkhani, Nashid Nabian
  • Project Leaders

    Justo Ruiz, Bruno Gomes, Parnian Ghaeami,Dorna Mesrzadeh, Ehsan Karimi
  • Project Team

    Nima Haghighatpour, Pablo Sanchez de Vega, Laura Sedano, Alfredo García, Nazanin Javaheri, Mohammadhasan Tavangar, Naghmeh Asadbeigi
  • Renders

    2R Studio, Ehsan Karimi
  • Area

    11800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: Eric Oh. "AGi Architects and Shift Process Practice Reveal Finalist Proposal for Mashhad City Complex in Iran" 07 May 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/786587/agi-architects-reveal-finalist-proposal-for-mashhad-city-complex-in-iran/> ISSN 0719-8884
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