PROJECT GENERAL INFORMATION
Name: National Library of Iran
Location: Tehran, Iran
Architecture Firm: Pirraz Consulting [→]
Ground floor area: 11,695 sqm
Combined floor area: 97,000 sqm
Total site area: 62,000 sqm
Design Award- Environmental Engineering and Architecture Forum Year 1997
Distinguished concrete project - IC! Year 2003
Honor Award - President of I. R. kar Year 2005
Nominated for The Aghakhan Award for Architecture, Year '007
The new building of National Library of lran is located at Abbass abad lands in north of Teheran. The National Library formerly was scattered in several buildings in various parts of the city.In 1994, Commissioning Organization for Public State Buildings of Ministry of Housing and Urban Development set out a national competition for selecting best design for the new building of National Library, Pirraz won the competition and was assigned to design and supervise the total construction of the project.
The library building is constructed on a 62000 sq m plot. It has about 97000 so m gross area with a capacity of about 4 million items (books, periodicals,manuscripts, maps, etc) in normal shelving and 7 million items in case of using compact shelving system or robots.The structure is an organic whole which has created an intimate and inviting atmosphere. A single, solid, compact and at the same time horizontally-stretched structure, furnishes great flexibility and allows for smooth workflow.
The building at the same time is technically outstanding. Using up to minute technologies of librarianship and considering local and global standards a contemporary Iranian architecture has been created which coordinates the complex work and high standards of construction and detailing.