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 On-site Review Report, edited by Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2016.
The On-site Review Report, formerly called the Technical Review, is a document prepared for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture by commissioned independent reviewers who report to the Master Jury about a specific shortlisted project. The reviewers are architectural professionals specialised in various disciplines, including housing, urban planning, landscape design, and restoration. Their task is to examine, on-site, the shortlisted projects to verify project data seek. The reviewers must consider a detailed set of criteria in their written reports, and must also respond to the specific concerns and questions prepared by the Master Jury for each project. This process is intensive and exhaustive making the Aga Khan Award process entirely unique.