The Grand Mosalla of Tehran
PROJECT GENERAL INFORMATION
Name: The Grand Mosalla of Tehran (Imam Khomeini Mosalla)
Location: Tehran, Iran
Architect: Parviz Moayyed Ahd
Date: 1990 -
Status: Under constrcution!
A public announcement on designing the mosalla was issued via the Friday Prayer Service Tehran, on February 19, 1985.All the qualified, experienced designers were called for the planning. There entered 36 native and foreign individuals as well as legal entities. The foreign participants were from such countries as Japan, Syria, Pakistan, and the Netherlands. The competition was held in 1986 with Mohammad KarimPirnia, Mehdi Chamran, Bagher Ayatollahzadeh Shirazi, Ali Ghaffari, and Mehdi Hodjat as the jury members.
Although the budget was low, the results were magnificent leading to general idea as the initial guidelines of the architectural design. However, none of the presented designs could satisfy the jury. In 1990, the then general manager of the, Mosalla appointed a new team of engineers to reconsider the former designs of the 1985 contest. The final vote went to Dr Parviz MoayyedAhd’s design which was accepted and reconfirmed for the mossalla .To maintain the experience of Islamic architecture, the designer has not limited his plan to the modern time Iran but, as he mentions, his design includes territories like Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, and Georgia which formerly were part of Iran.
The Second Decade Competitions: 1989-1999 The decade after the imposed war, which is also known as the Decade of Construction, was mostly involved in the rebuilding of the destroyed constructions in war affected areas, economical infrastructures, and creating anatomical spaces required for industries, government buildings and the like. In this decade, the procedure of organizing the competitions had almost slackened after the war outbreak was enlivened and as some analysts mention, it has turned as one of the most dynamic factors in the architecture after the revolution. Organizing architecture competitions was an event that magnificently gathered and activated the energetic forces in architecture introducing them to the community.
Nevertheless, there were shortcomings and wreckages and the oppositions against instability in results and the manner of organizing that followed. A'BADI prizes for the plans after the revolution have been offered since1991. The tradition of competitions grew rapidly, followed by small and big designs. One after another, there were different organizations arranging competitions in different cities.