Concrete pavilion overlooks Tehran swimming pool by KRDS

A+Awards: next in our series of 2016 Architizer A+Award winners is a swimming pool in the Iranian capital, with a concrete pavilion by architects KRDS at one end to provide a changing room and spa facilities. Kourosh Rafiey Architectural Design Studio (KRDS) designed the Sohanak Swimming Pool and adjacent structure for a private garden in Tehran –

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Cultural and religious complex in Iran features roof shaped like interlocking fingers

A+Awards: this community centre and mosque in Tehran by Kalout Architecture Studio, which won a 2016 Architizer A+Award, is designed to look like linking hands. The Imam Reza Cultural and Religious Complex is located in the cultural district of the Iranian capital, which has seen a recent boom in contemporary architecture thanks to the lifting

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Mid-century Iran villa by Gio Ponti faces demolition to make way for luxury hotel

One of the most famous houses by Italian architect Gio Ponti is set to be demolished, as the owner plans to replace it with a 20-storey hotel. Built in the north of Iranian capital Tehran in the 1960s, Villa Namazee forms part of an influential trio of properties by Ponti, along with Villa Planchart and Villa Arreaza, both in Caracas, Venezuela. The

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Tehran office building by AWE Office features faceted windows and louvres

Faceted recesses in the stone-clad facade of this office building in the Iranian capital, Tehran, contain wooden louvres that provide shade to the large windows behind (+ slideshow). Located on a major boulevard in the city, the offices were designed by local architecture firm AWE Office for Nik Baspar, a company specialising in the production More

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Next Office builds curvy Tehran house that splits in the middle

Iranian studio Next Office has completed a house in Tehran that splits in the middle to create two curvy wings (+ slideshow). As one of the latest examples of Iran’s architecture boom, the three-storey Villa for Younger Brother is located in Lavasan, an area northeast of the city that has been referred to as the Beverly Hills of More

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LP2 completes Tehran office block with louvred wooden facades

LP2 Architecture Studio has used rotating panels and recessed openings to create flexible spaces for this office block in Tehran, where contemporary architecture is experiencing a boom (+ slideshow). LP2 architect Mohsen Kazemianfard designed the seven-storey-high building for Saadat Abad, a neighbourhood in the northwest of the Iranian capital that is becoming more and more densely populated. Tasked with creating a commercial property More

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Architecture booms as Iran opens its doors to the world

Iran is “on the verge of a new era for architecture” according to local architects, as change sweeps through the Islamic republic following the lifting of crippling economic sanctions (+ slideshow). An expanding economy, growing demand for contemporary lifestyles and booming investment in tourist infrastructure are combining to create new opportunities for professionals in the once isolated nation. “Iran is More

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Tehran apartment block by Keivani Architects features faceted window frames and stained glass

Faceted window frames project from the slatted timber and stained-glass facade of this apartment block in Tehran, designed by Iranian studio Keivani Architects (+ slideshow). Brothers Nima and Sina Keivani based the design of the seven-storey block on elements commonly found in traditional Iranian architecture. The architects particularly wanted to reinterpret the orsi window, a type of sash window More

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Iranian house by New Wave Architecture is made up of three irregularly stacked boxes

A trio of volumes are stacked one on top of each other to form this hillside residence near Tehran by New Wave Architecture, but each one is angled towards a different view (+ slideshow).  The Iranian practice designed Mosha House for a structural engineer and his family, for a steeply sloping plot facing the Alborz mountain range. To make the most of the More

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Perforated brick screens act as curtains for Tehran housing by CAAT Studio

Angled screens of perforated brick provide ventilation and shade for this housing block in Tehran by CAAT Studio, providing its residents with relief from the city’s hot and dry climate (+ slideshow). The six-storey building is located in the rapidly developing neighbourhood of Kahrizak in the southwest of the capital, which is populated primarily by low-income households. But the More

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Leila Araghian’s Tabiat Bridge creates new public space for pedestrians in Tehran

Iranian architect Leila Araghian was just 26 years old when she designed this bridge in Tehran, which features an assortment of different pathways that encourage pedestrians to “wander and get lost” (+ slideshow). Araghian’s studio Diba Tensile Architecture completed the 270-metre-long Tabiat Bridge at the end of 2014, five years after winning a design competition. It is currently More

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A House With Rotating Rooms By Next Office

Designed by Iranian architecture studio Next Office, ‘Sharifi-ha House’ is an impressive seven-story building with rooms that rotate at a touch of a button. The idea is that the parts of the facade can be shifted inwards or outwards to adapt to the weather or resident’s mood. For instance, the house can be adjusted so […]