PROJECT GENERAL INFORMATION
Name: Art Garden
Location: Beasat Blvd
Architect in Charge:
Drawing & Graphic Team: Mozhagn Sasani, Hamid Mahmoudpour, Azam Altaf, Leili Iranpour, Zahra Sasani, Soroush Farzaneh
Date of Design: 2011
Date of Completion: 2014
Area: 8147 sqm
Type: Renovation, Cultural, Landscape
Installation: Ruhollah Ahmadi, Gholamreza Hayatipour
Contractor: Gishaynegar Fars
Advisor: Alireza Pakfetrat, Mohammad Reza Bazrgar, Ali Akbar Hoseini
Landscape Advisor: Alireza Pakfetrat
Artists: Abdolali Ghasrodashti, Nikmeh Yousefi
Lighting Design for concrete cubes: Ista Saze Chakad Consultant
Executive Manager: Mehdi Peyravi
For a long time, there has been concern about creating a space where, in addition to architects and urbanists, artists could also contribute to the design process of such space. Recently, however, this collaboration between architects, urbanists, and artists has finally been achieved with the design of Shiraz Art Garden.
In the municipality of Shiraz (Region 1) many gardens from the past are gradually being destroyed. There was, however, a chance for the municipality to buy an abandoned Orchard and looking for a solution to maintain and restore the garden. Fortunately, this chance was taken. Due to the historical background and lack of such space in the city, an Art Garden was proposed and preliminary studies were prepared and submitted. Finally the proposal was accepted. This important decision turned my dream into reality, which was my main concern for a long time: Abandoned Orchard near the Golshan historic garden (Afif Abad Garden)
Afifabad garden, as a symbol of Iranian garden, has the elements of axis and water way which reminds the ancient Iranian garden style. The main axis of the Afifabad garden extending from west to east and continues into the historical building located in the Besat Park.
The main idea of Art Garden was to create a space along the perpendicular axis to the Afifabad garden main axis. The idea was extended to an urban scale and happened at two points of Art Garden transverse axis. This leads to further developments of the arteries of Afifabad garden and Besat park and linked with the Art Garden. As these axes appear, the main axis of Art Garden (longitudinally and in the east-west direction), go across 200 meters of garden. The reason for that was to be consistent geometrically with the surroundings as well as to be able to create a pre-defined flow of movement between the dry trees.
Despite the formation of the main geometric axes of the Art Garden, there was still a need for adding elements in order to show what is going to happen in this space, among the dense trees of the garden. Thus, the concrete cubes on stone platforms emerged in order to create a space that does not belong to any particular time period and architectural style. In addition, all the semi-open cubic spaces were connected to the main axis of garden.
This provides an opportunity to maintain all the trees in the garden as well as to create sign points that prevent visitors to get lost while walking in the garden. The semi-open concrete cubes with having a neutral color, not only allow the trees to be noticeable in the garden, but in addition each side of the cube frames nature from a different angle and emphasise the idea of maintaining the nature.