This challenging project was undertaken by a client and architect who both lived abroad and a local contractor who lacked the technical expertise to build a highly contemporary office block. The site also posed difficulties in that the north and west elevations are largely unfenestrated, so grids for climbing plants have been introduced following Tehran tradition. The client’s insistence on granite and aluminium cladding reduced further attempts to contextualise the building although the energy strategy includes solar panels, double glazing, an interior void to provide natural ventilation and adjustable shading to the south façade. The building has been successfully let to Copper World Co as its headquarters.
The Aga Khan Trust for Culture, 2011.