As a public building located in the arid suburban context, the goal is to enhance the quality of people’s cultural life, in the newly built suburban town of Sadra, in the ancient province of Fars; the city is located not far away from the old city of Shiraz, Iran. In this regard, several cultural projects with the original aesthetic theme are planned to be implemented in the principal axes of the town. In most of these projects, the public and interactive spaces play an essential role in defining the massing strategy.
In doing so, in Sadra city’s Artist Forum project, the architect is determining a new experimental meaning concerning the term common (in reality). The entire building is located on the lower level compared to the surrounding public urban area to expose a unique architectural theme. This specific characteristic in the scheme of the project creates tremendous potential for shaping the shared inner and outer spaces. In this regard, several cohesive indoor and outdoor areas with the unique atmosphere are being offered by this project.
By reviewing different scenarios, the design team comes up with the idea of cumulative public spaces with four different mixed-use situations and spatial features. In this regard, the boundary between outside and inside was diminished to propose unlimited flexibility within the project’s flexible zones. The exterior milieu provides a unique space for artists to engage in public events with regular people, who use the public park. Nevertheless, the interior spaces offer the more private, interactive, and “leeway” typology for the building’s inhabitants.
The exterior zones encompass the following communal features:
1) To provide the liberated environment to reduce the level of interference with the ideological atmosphere of the country, affecting by the official representatives over the site.
2) Creating the demographic spectrum with multi-functional free subspaces for the use of the generation Y, in Iran. These spaces are dedicated to daily activities and connected to the public park’s open area (s).
3) Molding public and semi-public spaces with unlimited flexibility for diverse, outstanding artistic activities.
Furthermore, the form and function of the “three-core structures,” which contains the amphitheater and educational zone, were defined as essential elements erected from the basement to the top floors. In the first floor, the gallery spaces as the event-centered, public areas are represented by essential “three-core structures.” Also, the “three-core structures” create a comprehensive scheme to adjoin the entire building as a unified component on the site.
In other words, the three packet cells offer enclosed, limited spaces in the plan with the fluid, semi-private, and unbound characteristic. The molding procedure of the three significant (concrete) structural modules that define the whole project as a unified unit, inspired by the traditional techniques for constructing of the masonry bearing walls and vaulted brick ceiling, in ancient Persia. Regarding construction, the entire brick molding devices or partitions used to mount the “three-core structures” out of concrete. Once pouring the concrete into the brick walls as molding devices, the brick walls remove by the labors.
And as a result, the real concrete structure shapes and the brick texture imprint on the outer surface(s) of the concrete edifices. This method is cost-effective compared to other advanced techniques such as using steel, wooden, and polyurethane molding system; it also allows the smooth, firm construction. n conclusion, the Artist Forum project in Sadra suburban city attempts to combine and represent a different type of shared, tentative spaces with unique characteristic for a diverse group of people, in a way that each group can use them correctly.
This specific design approach creates interaction between different classes of people in society. Moreover, the entire structure organized in full association with the geography and topography of the region and is in full compliance with the formal structural strategies. In short, the building attempts to set a milieu to transform the lifeless atmosphere of the Sadra suburban city into the thriving, inhabited commonplaces environment for daily life interactions. Source by NextOffice.
- Location: Sadra, Shiraz, Iran
- Architect: NextOffice – Alireza Taghaboni
- Project Team: Alireza Taghaboni with Maziar Ghaseminia (+Project Manager), Mohammadreza Gholami, Shima Mohammadi, Sepideh Sarrafzadeh, Peyman Nozari, Homa Asadi, Maryam Golbarg, Asal Karami, Fatemeh Tabatabaeian, Pouyan Bizeh, Mehrdad Makaremi, Ali Maleki, Tina Shahnazari
- Structural Design: Seyed Rasoul Mirghaderi
- Mechanical Consultant: Energy Arta Eurasia
- Electrical Consultant: Energy Arta Eurasia
- Client: Khalil Hajipour
- Area: 10538 sqm
- Images: Courtesy of NextOffice