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Iranian Architecture

Capital Tehran

Language Persian

Area 1,648,195 km2

Population 79.2 million

Through its complex cultural past and occasional turbulent political environments, Iran's architecture has achieved its own distinct vernacular. Monumental mosque design reflects the religiously affiliated architecture of the past but contemporary architects in Iran are concerned with defining their place in non-secular design. Contemporary Persian architecture, shown in this list of projects, news, and firms, shows an aesthetic connected with its spiritual past, trying to find its place in the future.
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Retrofuturism's New Series Places Contemporary Landmarks in Old Persian Paintings

06:00 - 7 September, 2019
Retrofuturism's New Series Places Contemporary Landmarks in Old Persian Paintings, © Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar
© Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar

Architect and visual artist Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar has been conceptually combining contemporary landmarks with traditional Iranian houses and palaces, in a photo-series titled "Retrofuturism". In his latest collection, the Persian architect chose to displace iconic structures and place them in 19th century paintings of the country by artist Eugène Flandin.

Shortlist Revealed for Tamayouz Women in Architecture and Construction 2019

09:00 - 6 September, 2019
Shortlist Revealed for Tamayouz Women in Architecture and Construction 2019, Courtesy of Tamayouz Excellence Award 2019
Courtesy of Tamayouz Excellence Award 2019

The Tamayouz Excellence Award has revealed its shortlist of finalists for Women in Architecture and Construction 2019, given to emerging female contributors in the architectural and construction field throughout the Near East and North Africa. This annual award honors 2 categories, Rising Star and Woman of Outstanding Achievement, and the winners will be announced next month.

Gilan University Conceptual Gateway in Iran

04:00 - 1 September, 2019
Gilan University Conceptual Gateway in Iran, Courtesy of Hajizadeh & Associates
Courtesy of Hajizadeh & Associates

Hajizadeh & Associates elaborated a proposal for the entrance of the Gilan University in Rasht in Iran. Basing their conceptual approach on the Iranian notion of access, they created not only a passage or a connection space but a social and cultural area.

Persian Palaces Meet Contemporary Landmarks in Forouzanfar's Retrofuturism Series

06:00 - 11 August, 2019
Persian Palaces Meet Contemporary Landmarks in Forouzanfar's Retrofuturism Series , © Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar
© Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar

There is often a debate on whether architects and engineers should restore old buildings and preserve what is still standing as a token of the past, or completely demolish them and introduce contemporary designs and features. In Iran, the remains of historic monuments, some of which are World Heritage Sites, have yet to know their fate, as restoration strategies remain uncertain.

Traditional Iranian Monuments Reimagined as High-Rise Buildings

07:00 - 29 July, 2019
Traditional Iranian Monuments Reimagined as High-Rise Buildings, © Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar
© Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar

Traditional Iranian architectural monuments are often built low to the ground due to the lack of beam and column technology. Palaces, mosques, and public buildings are thus built with only one or two floors, and Iranian architecture rarely features towers or high-rise buildings as a result.

Retrofuturism Gives Traditional Iranian Architecture a Modern Twist

08:00 - 27 July, 2019
Retrofuturism Gives Traditional Iranian Architecture a Modern Twist , © Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar
© Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar

Villages and cities in Iran have always had a fixed low-rise horizontal skyline due to the lack of beam and column technology. Although some cities have already adopted contemporary styles and have constructed soaring skyscrapers, but the majority of towns remain committed to traditional building techniques.

NextOffice's Artist Forum to be a Cultural Hub for Sadra, Iran

08:00 - 21 July, 2019
NextOffice's Artist Forum to be a Cultural Hub for Sadra, Iran, Courtesy of NextOffice
Courtesy of NextOffice

NextOffice’s Sadra Artists Forum is a public cultural center to be located in the arid suburban town of Sadra. Consisting entirely of low-lying or subterranean building levels, the project's unique structure contrasts the surrounding urban area and uniquely shapes the relationship between interior and exterior spaces.

Iranian Architects Announce Inaugural Isfahan Prize

13:00 - 18 July, 2019
Iranian Architects Announce Inaugural Isfahan Prize, Courtesy of Isfahan Prize Council
Courtesy of Isfahan Prize Council

A group of Iranian architects have come together to announce the inaugural Isfahan Prize and Architect of the Year in Iran. Designed to recognize young architects 40 years old or younger, the prize competition aims to bring awareness to those who are positively impacting architecture, Isfahan and the natural environment. It explores how Isfahan and its built environment have become grounds for contemporary architecture and design.

Yasaman Esmaili’s Architectural Work Engages with Communities Around the World

07:00 - 17 July, 2019
Yasaman Esmaili’s Architectural Work Engages with Communities Around the World, Hikma Religious and Secular Complex. Image © James Wang via Metropolis Magazine
Hikma Religious and Secular Complex. Image © James Wang via Metropolis Magazine

Though born in Tehran and remaining deeply inspired by her native Iran, architect Yasaman Esmaili has worked on projects all around the world. These primarily include humanitarian and crisis intervention works that deeply engage the local communities in which they are situated. A recent article by Metropolis Magazine discusses these projects in depth, as well as Esmaili’s story and inspirations.

Nextoffice Designs Volumetric Mixed-Use Tower in Iran

09:00 - 15 July, 2019
Nextoffice Designs Volumetric Mixed-Use Tower in Iran, © NextOffice – Alireza Taghaboni
© NextOffice – Alireza Taghaboni

NextOffice and Alireza Taghaboni have released images of their proposed Afarinesh Tower in Shiraz, Iran. The tower is formed as a regular, uniform core housing administrative spaces, which lose their rigid order as the floor levels change, and the program becomes recreational.

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