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
Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge Panels. Courtesy of Architect. Geneva: Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2016.
Presentation panels are drawings, images, and text graphically prepared by the architect and submitted to the Aga Khan Award for Architecture during the later round of the Award cycle. The portfolios are kept in the Aga Khan Trust for Culture Library for consultation purposes.