Seyed Hadi Mirmiran, born in 1945 in Qazvin, received his M.A in architecture from the faculty of fine arts, Tehran University with a first rate ranking, in 1968. His professional life can be divided into three periods: from 1968 to 1979 he was the chief architect in architectural workshop of National Iranian steel Company, Town planning Department; from 1980 to 1988 he was the chief architect in design department of Khanesazi-e-Iran Company and the chief architect in the design department of Isfahan's General office of housing and urban development; and, from 1988 to present he has been the director and the principal architect of NJP Consulting Engineers.
Source: Official Website of the Naqsh,e,Jahan Pars Consulting Engineers. http://www.njp-arch.com/. [Accessed January 17, 2007]
The design of this sports complex draws on the typology of the traditional icehouses of southern Iran. In a similar manner to the icehouses, it combines an opaque volume (the cone-shaped dome) with transparent elements (the wall and the diagonal glazed roof that divides indoor and outdoor pools). All internal walls are of brick and exposed concrete, which helps preserve the spatial integrity of the interior despite the diversity of the programme (gymnasia, pools, saunas, restaurant, etc.). The structure is reinforced concrete: external walls are double-layered and insulated.