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Tehran furniture showroom and warehouse designed by Bonsar Architecture Studio

Rehabilitation and transformation of an old cotton warehouse by Iranian Architect Mohammad Majidi Bonsar

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All images and information courtesy of Bonsar Architecture Studio; © by Bonsar Architecture Studio; Please note full credits at the end of this article.
A simple architectural statement balanced between contemporary addition and respectful preservation.

Tehran Architects Bonsar have sent us their furniture showroom project in Tehran – an awarded transformation of an old warehouse in Tehran – we share it with you on desMena:

The Project

This project is the result of the rehabilitation of an old cotton warehouse built over 50 years ago, and its transformation into a furniture showroom and warehouse. The reviving essence of the project led the design team to take a restoration approach, in spite of no financial limits and the possibility of demolishing and constructing a new building. In addition to the physical restoration, enlivening the spatial memories was taken into consideration as the most prominent goal in the rehabilitation process. Careful attention was paid that every addition to the building acquire a contemporary tone, and the remainder be restored as elements of the spatial memory. The reminiscence of light penetrating into the dark space of the old hall, turned into the main concept for designing the new pierced façade of the showroom.

The main structural system of the building was load-bearing walls and in the main hall, a combination of load-bearing walls and steel roof-trusses and columns. Strengthening the walls and roof-trusses, replacement of the steel façade, preservation of the brick sections against moisture, and cleaning the bricks were amongst actions taken during renovation of the project. The limited use of building material such as bricks, corrugated metal sheets, concrete and steel were amongst the design group decisions to reach a simple architectural statement and preserve the building memory.

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Collaborators

Client: Hesam Ghandchi, Hossein Ghandchi

Project architect: Mohammad Majidi

Assistant architects: Hamed Khosravi, Kaveh Rashidzadeh, Majid Masumi, Mojtaba Samimi

Contractor and supervision: Bonsar Architecture Studio

Site and Construction Supervisor: Rahim Mohammadi

Photographer: Afshin Ghaderpanah

Film: Dayereh Company

Metal sheet works (façade, roof, and gutters) and exposed air canals: Abas Margan

Metal works (Windows, steel sub-structures): Vachik Malek Estepanian

Masonary and renovating: Rahim Mohammadi

Ceiling mounted radiant heaters: Garmataab Company

Drywall: Knauf Iran, Vaheh Majnonian

Exterior and interior stone flooring: Mr. Shahverdi (Mahalat travertine)

Project Data

Project title: Furniture showroom and warehouse

Location: Hengam St., Heydarkhani St.,Tehran, Iran

Type Of Project: Renovation

Land Area: 2760 m²

Gross floor area: 1200 m²

Number of floors: One floor (Ground floor)

Project Commission: Sept. 2004

Design Commencement: Sept. 2004, Completion: Aug. 2005

Construction Commencement: Sept. 2004,

Completion: Nov. 2005

Occupancy: Dec. 2005

Software used

• AutoCad (drawings)

• 3D max (Modeling & rendering)

• Skechup (primary modeling)

• Photoshop (photo superimposing in façade and interior studies)

Bibliography

• “Furniture showroom project in Teheran”, THE PHAIDON ATLAS OF 21st CENTURY WORLD ARCHITECTURE, 2008, p72

• “1st Place, Furniture Showroom & Warehouse, Tehran”, Memar Magazine, No. 34, Dec-Jan 2005-2006, p18

Awards

Memar Award 2005 – 1st Prize (www.mmemar.com)

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