carpets are world renowned, and bricks have a strong relationship with Iranian
historical architecture. Here they are fused into a contemporary facade that
appears as a collection of intricately interwoven modules. Creating a small and
low budget apartment building in Tehran does not leave much space for
creativity, yet an architect can try to do something with the material,
textures, outer envelope and light. In light of that, a modern interpretation
of the ancient mashrabiyya was
conceived by using the bricks available on the local market. In order to reduce
costs in the construction of this five-storey building, unskilled workers,
unable to read technical drawings, were employed instead of master craftsmen.
All the construction data was transformed into simple instructions to be
recited by the supervisor during every fixing, resulting in a protruding
irregular geometry, designed brick by brick, a system invented by watching
carpet weavers in traditional workshops. The building has been entirely covered
with a mesh of bricks impaled on rod bars as contiguous pearl necklaces. The
distances between the bricks have been adjusted to create an opaque effect,
through which light does not pass, while when there is a window behind the
mesh, it becomes a transparent grid.
Shortlisted Projects: Construction in Architecture and Plurality. Edited by Mohsen Mostafavi. 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 are plurality can find other common grounds in the future.