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Valiasr Project, Tehran by Abbas Riahi Fard and Farinaz Razavi Nikoo

Award winning design for an office and commercial building in Tehran by Iranian architects Abbas Riahi Fard and Farinaz Razavi Nikoo

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All images, plans and information courtesy of Farinaz Razavi Nikoo; © by Abbas Riahi Fard and Farinaz Razavi Nikoo; see detailed credits at the end of this post
Iranian Architects Abbas Riahi Fard and Farinaz Razavi Nikoo designed a mixed use building on Valiasr Avenue in Tehran
01_ Location

The present building is a commercial-office building located in a rectangular site which has approximately 15 meters of frontage along the west side of Valiasr Avenue between Fatemi and Zartosht junctions. Here is the hub of different activities in Tehran and innumerable shops and restaurants as well as large cultural centers are situated along this avenue .Neighbors of our site are an old 6-storey building in the north and a ruin one-storey one in the south .Based on municipality codes we could have just a two-storey structure in this location, thus there was no possibility to make balance in elevation with adjoining buildings.

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02 _ Formation Idea

Considering the facade as a city skin, we intended to bring motion and dynamism which exist in location into the skin of our project, as if skin is influenced by people motions .Moreover facade as a continuous skin which is not smashed by different materials was our main objective. We just slashed the skin of the main surface for its openings and then pulled it towards other facades and also inside to make integrity in both outside and inside.

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03- Spatial organization

The idea of one continuous space was a major issue of the spatial organization. The diagram was finally chosen shows how by means of surfaces space transfigure and connect into each other to create strong perspectives .This continuity could be experienced by walking through the main passages in between the spaces.

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04 – Structural & Mechanical system

The foundation consists of reinforced concrete footings and foundation walls. The construction components include a masonry and fireproof steel frame structure with steel beams .Mechanical system comprises ceiling-mounted fan coil units in each floor with the condenser unit on the roof.

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05-Construction process

Construction process started in beginning of 2006 and took about two years to be finished thoroughly.

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Credits:

Clients: Mehdi Malak Shahabi, Masoud Haghverdi and partners
Design: Abbas Riahi Fard , Farinaz Razavi Nikoo
Design associates: Ashkan Bagheri Aghdam , Navid Nasrollahzadeh , Shobeir Mousavi , Mohammad Moetamedinia , Ali Nabi
Structural consultant: Houman Farrokhi
Mechanical consultant: Mohammad Reza Zomorrodi, Behrooz Noori
Electrical consultant: Abbas Ahmadi, Amir Hossein Azmayesh
Construction: Problem Company
Supervision: Mohammad Ali Imani Moghaddam , Farzad Azadkhani
Photographs: Parham Taghioff

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