Coop Himmelb(l)au designed this urban enclave of mixed uses in Tehran.
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In 2004 Coop Himmelb(l)au were about to change the face of Tehran with their design for the ATI Center in Sharak-E-Ouds, Tehran, Iran.
The ATI Center complex will be the new city center of Shahrak-E-Quds; its architecture, spatial organization and multifunctional program create a small city in itself which will serve the new community with a place to identify with and live in, the extended community with a new destination for urban activities, and visitors with a visionary and high end tourist attraction in the Metropolis of Tehran.
With its distinct shape the 200 m tall ATI Tower will be the highly visible new symbol for the ATI Center and a powerful city landmark which contributes to Tehran’s metropolitan skyline.
The ATI Center is a public urban center, not a private place for commerce and production; urbanity is understood as the overlap of public and private activities, a vertically and horizontally layered, densified and dynamic environment which through its architecture and linked spaces stimulates communication, intellectual discourse and the exchange of information.
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Because of its scale, density and spatial organization the ATI Center is a mix of urban enclave, city center and plaza / bazaar with the Central Public Plaza as local and the ATI Tower as distant identifier. The mall is an extension of the plaza and combines three themes: the ‘Bazaar, Place of Pavilions’, the ‘Public Boulevard of Free Space’ and the Shopping Streets’. The Bazaar and Boulevard of Free Space contain new program components geared towards providing alternatives to the ‘consum-and-production-only’ behaviour to give access to the knowledge of our time. These are leisure spaces, spaces which stimulate perception, spaces for the relaxation of body and mind, spaces to circulate or simply cultural free space which is available to be populated by its inhabitants. The Urban Pavilions are understood as seeds for population, stimulants for urban events to happen around them.
The ATI center will be a place to live, work, circulate and communicate 24 hours a day.
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PLANNING COOP HIMMELB(L)AU
Wolf D. Prix, Helmut Swiczinsky, Wolfdieter Dreibholz
PROJECT PARTNER Karolin Schmidbaur
DESIGN ARCHITECT Dionicio Valdez
PROJECT TEAM Josh Ashcroft, Ing-Tse Chen, Christoph a. Kumpusch, Neiel Norheim, Luis Palomares, Patricia Schneider, Norio Watanabe, Alex Webb
ASSOCIATE ARCHITECT M.R. JODAT & Partners
CLIENT ATI Saz Company, Tehran, Iran
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING B+G Ingenieure, Bollinger und Grohmann GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany
HVAC Arup Berlin, Germany
Prof. Brian Cody
SITE AREA 70.433 m2
FLOOR AREA 411.495 m2
COMPETITION May 2004