PROJECT GENERAL INFORMATION
Name: Holy Defense Garden-Museum
Location: Abbasabad Cultural and Entertainment District- Tehran, Iran
Architecture Firm: Barsian Shaar Consulting Engineers [→]
Architect in Charge: Jila Norouzi
Design Team: Khosro Hajseyed Javadi,Neda Rasooli,Sanaz Moinedin,Azam Omrani,Parisa Sadeghi,Vahid Mohebbi
Phase I : Naqshe Jahan-Pars Consulting Engineers [→]
Date: 2006 - 2010
Site Area: 210000 sqm
Built Area: 40000 sqm
Structural Consultant: No-Andish-Sakhteman Consulting Engineers
Client: Development of Cultural Buildings Association- Tehran Municipality
Award: First prize, 2005 Competition
Virtual Tour: Ext. Link [→]
- Project description
Iranian Holy Defense Museum, educates present and future generations on their military heritage, preserves historical artifacts and will help to ensure that the memory and the meaning of eight years of Iran-Iraq war and defense will never be forgotten.The museum is located on the Abbas Abad main cultural and entertainment district of Tehran.
Museum succeeds in meeting the client's requirement of a landmark building.
A low-lying building that merges into the surrounding landscape with a gently sloping folded roof which was influenced by the topography of the hills. The design is also influenced by the view to the green valley, Persian garden and the lake.The building becomes a folded entity of large metallic forms, extended horizontally. A dramatic contrast between the green hills and the metallic building.
This concept takes form from an army tent (camouflage net). The space and detailing creates large open spaces in the building. The main exhibition has seven sequences on different levels, which are connected with gentle slopes. The office department, library, auditoriums and classrooms descend into a large underground atrium.
- Landscape design
Site is comprised of three hills at the east side and a valley at the west.
The main landscape design takes shape in the valley, the design evolves from the superimposition of two information sets; first, 2 metro stations at north and south of the site; second, the existing bridge between east and west side of the site. The concept of the design is to create a primary access between 2 stations by a formal Persian garden with wide sidewalks accentuated by lights, water and trees which pass the organic lake.
Topography of the hill side is allowed to get distorted with folded greens and colored vegetation, trees, walls, passages, platforms, stairs and ramps, a coffee shop and small galleries that are located between distorted layers.