Recipient of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2016.
architects first conceived the two-to-three level, 270-metre-long curved
pedestrian bridge of varying width, a complex steel structure featuring a
dynamic three-dimensional truss with two continuous deck levels that sits on
three tree shape columns, with a third where the truss meets the column
branches. It was an imaginative leap beyond the basic competition brief of
designing a bridge to connect two parks separated by a highway in northern
Tehran, without blocking the view to the Alborz Mountains. The structural
elements are based on a latent geometrical order rotated and repeated in three
dimensions. The result is a spatial structure large enough to create an
inhabitable architectural space, where people congregate, eat and rest rather
than just pass through. Multiple paths in each park were created that would
lead people on to the bridge. Seating, green spaces and kiosks encourage people
to linger on a site where greenery has been preserved by the minimal footprint
of the bridge, whose curve offers a variety of viewing perspectives.
Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture
Design 2009-2010, construction 2010-2014, completion 2014
Mostafavi, Mohsen, editor. Architecture and Plurality. Zurich: Lars Muller Publishers, 2016.
This publication features the winners and shortlisted projects for the 13h cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
This book brings together a diverse range of exemplary architectural projects from across the globe. Carefully selected and examined by a team of experts, these projects demonstrate innovative approaches that respond to the challenges and potentials of contemporary conditions and contexts.
One guiding principle of this 13th Cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture is the importance of plurality. Since its inception the Award has aimed to be inclusive and to embrace the engagement of a diverse group of users. But equally, it has sought projects that explore a plurality of methods and architecture in achieving that goal.
Here, the authors of the essays use that productive tension between architecture and plurality, not only to provide a framework for the examination of the projects, but also to explore the intellectual and projective means by which architecture and plurality can find other common grounds in the future.