PROJECT GENERAL INFORMATION
Name: Chocolate Plus (This is not a Café!)
Location: Tehran, Iran
Architecture Firm: Modaam Architects [→]
Architects in charge: Sanaz Ghaemmaghami, Mojtaba M.Zaheri
Design Associates: Ayub Abdol, Kamyar Salavati
Built Area: 47 sqm
Civil Engineer:Mohammad Ansari
Construction: Saze Sadr
Executive Manager: Amir Sadredini
Executive Team: Amir Sadredini, Maziar Heidarpour
Supervisor: Modaam Architects
Contractor: Saze Sadr (Amir Sadredin, Maziar Heidarpour)
Photographer: Alireza Behpour
Clients: Ata Sattari
- Common Second Place in Asian Architecture Award
- Memar magazine Award Finalist
- Common Second Place in Iranian Interior Design Award
This is not a Café!
This cafe in the Iranian capital is designed to act as a semi-public venue in the city, where open gathering spaces are starting to become popular again. The cafe in Tehran's Mirdamad neighbourhood was designed by Sanaz Ghaemmaghami and Mojtaba Zaheri of local studio Modaam Architects for the Chocolate Plus coffee shop.
"The Chocolate Plus Urban Cafe is an attempt to create public space in the heart of Tehran's dense urban context."
The cafe features a removable glass frontage that allows the interior to extend onto the adjacent pavement. These glass partitions are fixed to a track in the ceiling so they can be entirely removed to one side or set back to form a screen that exposes part of the interior to the street. Boxy planters surrounding the bases of trees outside the Chocolate + Urban Cafe offer suitable perches so guests can eat and drink at tables set out on the pavement. According to the architects, this sort of al fresco experience is still rare in Tehran.
A graffiti mural applied to one wall of the cafe depicts a typical urban scene, featuring a road, automobile and a glimpse of the city's Milad Tower. When viewed from the correct angle, a striped pedestrian crossing painted on the floor appears to continue into the painted scene, creating an illusion of depth within the space.