Isfahan International Cultural Center
PROJECT GENERAL INFORMATION
Name: Isfahan International Cultural Center
Location: Isfahan, Iran
Architect in Charge: Farhad Ahmadi
Design Associates: Farzin Toolaeian, Jalal Asadi
Date: 1989 - 2005
Isfahan international cultural center ( Farshchian Art and Cultural Complex ) was designed and built between years 1989 and 2005. Design in terms of geometry is very symmetric. A mass of material in the center of the building, first takes the sky down to its bottom like an eddy, while from the other side has been pulled toward the sky by rising successive vibrations like a stair. Four towers in four corners of the building among central courtyards in galleries show squaring corners (guardian angels) that are archetypal. In fact, project consists of two parts of the interior and exterior. Exterior part consists of performance and presentation of works and goods.
Interior parts are formed in three levels around three central courtyards that each one has its specific identity and consist of information, management and educational spaces. Starting point and primary idea of design is architect's image from rear perspective of Khajoo Bridge (or Pole Khajoo is arguably the finest bridge in the province of Isfahan, Iran. It was built by the Persian Safavid king, Shah Abbas II around 1650 C.E., on the foundations of an older bridge) during Safavid's great celebrations. In fact, in first step, it is tried to reconstruct main elements of organization of celebration space by using waterscape, bridge and lateral veranda abstractly.
Using central waterscape shows a virtual image of building main volume in addition of announcing presence of Zayandehrud River nearby. Waterscape takes the longitudinal symmetry axis to the third dimension and meanwhile invite viewer to watch the building and takes him into it. Entrance is located in line with main axis of building but because of presence of water in the center of the courtyard, access to the building is done beside veranda around the courtyard. Courtyard in small scale plays role of the entrance space. Access to the building from the courtyard occurs in line with main axis of it.