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Presence in Hormoz / ZAV Architects

  • 00:00 - 31 October, 2017
Presence in Hormoz / ZAV Architects
Presence in Hormoz / ZAV Architects, © Soroush Majidi
© Soroush Majidi

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Hormuz Island, Iran
  • Category

  • Architects in Charge

    Mohammadreza Ghodoosi, Golnaz Bahrami, Fateme Rezaei Fakhr-e-astane
  • Client

    Ehsan Rasoolof
  • Area

    300.0 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Research and Design team

    Kaveh Rashidzadeh, Mohsen Safshekan, Hosein Panjepour.
  • Design of Communication Center

    Maral Ashgvari
  • Design Director of Prototype and Rong Center

    Soroosh Majidi
  • Construction

    Ehsan Rasoolof
  • Client Project Manager

    Amir Nobahari Tehrani
  • Site Manager

    Hormat Ghasemi
  • Supervision

    Soroosh Majidi
  • Structure

    Behrang Baniadam
  • Electrical

    Peyman Shafeeian
  • Mechanical

    Peyman Shafeeian
  • Operation Manager

    Amin Davaee
  • Furniture

    Amin Davaee
  • Graphic

    Yegane Ghezelloo,Negar Yaraghi, Golnaz Khosrawani
  • More Specs Less Specs
© Soroush Majidi
© Soroush Majidi

Text description provided by the architects. The island is economically stressed out and has a history of consecutive failures when it comes to environmental issues.

© Soroush Majidi
© Soroush Majidi

“Hormoz Red Soil” has long been a matter of tension and the matter has been and still is perceived by many locals as plundering of their island’s natural resources.

© Soroush Majidi
© Soroush Majidi

The project client has entered the island in 2014, but with a sad end, people in Hormuz burned some parts of his construction. Afterwards he decided to have a more calculated presence in Hormoz.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

Due to limitations of resources, a participative process has been set up. Then multi-disciplinary brainstorming workshops were held and "Presence in Hormoz" as an overarching vision was further developed to a set of strategies and tactics of an intervention plan. The first series of project that were planned to be executed based on environmental, self-sufficiency, and simple implementation features is going to target a sort of Hormoz-oriented tourism infrastructure: A community center, a tourist information center, a passenger station, a series of bicycle rental stations, cafes and restaurants, a waste recycling management center, a variety of tourist accommodation centers, multiple urban public spaces. First, a community center was set up temporarily to gain the participation of Hormozians.

© Soroush Majidi
© Soroush Majidi

Then a series of studies have been done on the morphology and constituting elements of Hormoz. After consideration of local and international case studies, the design team came to the conclusion that the rammed soil system and especially Nader Khalili’s SUPERADOBE could be appropriated and retrofitted with more contemporary solutions to be used in Hormoz.


Afterwards a cultural center containing: tourist information, café, and event management center planned to be built. “Rong” was the name that we chose for this complex. Rong is an urban space that people can walk on it. It has harmony with the island’s geomorphology and is iconic at the same time. Its presence in Hormoz brings pride for Hormozians. In its implementation, the adopted sandbag technology was combined with steel structure covered with cement.

© Soroush Majidi
© Soroush Majidi

Rong accepts the people's reality and invites their participation and engagement. It is sustainable and recyclable and, it is built fast and with ease and as such, it can be replicated again and again.

© Soroush Majidi
© Soroush Majidi

Perhaps we can summarize the design policies and construction goals of this project in few questions that we can ask from ourselves and the architecture.

Can architecture bring back booming era to the poor city of Hormoz and draw a more hopeful future for Hormozians?

Can architecture save us from an unnecessary conflict?

Can architecture function as an active agent in an environmental issue by protecting limited soil resources from unfair plunder and save it for the next generation?

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© Soroush Majidi

Can a Lab Experiment of building our predecessor (Architect Khalili) transform to a full-fledged Urban Solution?

Can a public topographic space be built based on natural geo-contours and out of local ego-particles?

Can we secure our intervention steps by testing techniques prior to the field?

Does a building need to be “tall” to change the skyline?

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Cite: "Presence in Hormoz / ZAV Architects" 31 Oct 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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