Embassy of Iran
Tirana, Albania
This embassy building is designed to be open and inviting to reflect ancient Iranian culture. The site is bounded by other buildings on two sides so the architect takes a cube as a starting point but distorts and erodes it and runs a tilted concrete wall in front, creating formal complexity. This wall carries the oversailing roof, evoking the traditional Persian ā€�ivanā€™ entrance, and incorporates a tree, which enriches its welcoming aspect and adds to its enigmatic appearance. Aluminium louvres provide solar protection and privacy, working with the concrete and granite surfaces to make a harmonious composition.


The Aga Khan Trust for Culture, 2011.
Tirana, Albania
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