Garmsar IAU Faculty Member Wins 2017 Middle East Architect Awards

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 13:23

A faculty member of Garmsar Islamic Azad University has won the award of the Concept design of the Year award at the 2017 Middle East Architect Awards for Chabahar Free Zone Complex.

According to an ISCA report, Dr. Kourosh Hajizadeh, faculty member of Garmsar IAU, and his brother, Amir Hussein Hajizadeh, won the 2017 Middle East Architect Awards for Chabahar Free Zone Complex.

Inspired by the dry desert and its plateaus, the project also mimics ‘kapar’, or a shed in southern Iran that responds to the climate and culture of the geography. One manifestation of the inspiration is the complex’s low-leveled entrance height, which ensures end-users bow as they enter the building.

He explained that the project is set in a very poor district of Iran with distinct vernacular architecture. The aim with this project was to re-identify the architecture with the idea of a “kapar’ or shelter, which will simultaneously align with the architectural identity of Iran’s southern region.

“Our building is a part of the history of Chobohar, it is part of the mountains, or a part of the sea. It is a part of the environement,” said Amir Hussein Hajizadeh. He also added that the concept design category was the main award the firm was targeting to win, explaining that it is the category that best reflect the future of architecture.

The judges complimented the project for being “perfectly suited to its surrounding environment, recalling the vernacular language of its town in a poetic and seamless way”. They also praised the subtle cultural elements incorporated into the architecture, as well as the sustainable solutions that come together.

Projects from Iran were a highlight this year, with Keivani Architects winning Residential Project of the Year for its Tehran-based Orsi Khaneh house, and Hajizadeh & Associates’ Chabahar Free Zone Complex in the south of Iran picking up the Concept Design of the Year Award.

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