PROJECT GENERAL INFORMATION
Name: The Cinematograph
Location: Tehran, Iran
Architecture Firm: Sakhtartarh Design Office
Architects in Charge: Hooman Salamat
Design Team: Abolfazl Zareei, Hoda Qandi, Sara Piramoon, Mahmoud Rezaei
Built Area: 1000 sqm
Date: 2007 - 2008
Type: Public Building, Cutltural
Contractor Company: Pars PBL
Client: Tehran municipality
Photographer: Afshin Ghaderpanah, Hootan Salamat
Awards: 3rd Place in Memar Awards in the section of public building, 2008
The Cinematograph won the 3rd place in Memar competition in 2008 which selects the best constructed projects in Iran. It has been constructed in a land about 563sqm, consists of a salon capable of 200 persons and other relevant services. Our site has situated in the western boundary of an old garden which includes a 200 years old mason dedicated to Iranian cinema museum. The mason is affected by several factors which convert Cinematograph to a real landscape. It has made new landscape in the garden, so that it is really difficult to determine what part has recently been built and what part belongs to two centuries ago.
First of all, to improve scenery of existing garden and cinema museum building, we decide to hide new mason into the earth. We design an entrance on top of the roof, in a way; we stretch green level of garden on the roof. To be more precise, we extend existing platform with the same material to form a public terrace which makes a spatial dialogue between Cinematograph and green existing landscape.
Secondly, we rearrange all the existing functions in the garden to omit or reduce tiny structure spread out in the garden, and make some services viable to be shared by all masons. The sharing program revives some part of garden which be paid less attention on and new circulation paths has appeared.