This spiritual center and plaza, designed by Ahmad Saffar of Saffar Studio, aims to capture the history and tradition of traditional worship while also meeting the needs of a modern cultural landscape.
Project Name: Golshahr Mosque and Plaza
Location: Golshahr, Alborz, Iran
Architect: Ahmad Saffar
Design Team: Marzieh Estedadi, Navid Shokravi, Bahar Mesbah, Niloofar Oji, Ghazaleh Eydi, Niloofar Zaker Vafaei, Elaheh Azarakhsh
Materials: Brick, Concrete
Site Area: 22,160 m2
Building Type: Public, cultural
Date of Design: 2018
The project pays close attention to the specific technical and cultural processes specific to the spiritual centers of its culture, such as a central courtyard/Persian garden.
It also pays special attention to the power of space and invoking a sense of belonging, characteristic to much of Iranian architecture.
Emerging as a champion of urbanism and sustainability through its minimal design, the Golshahr project focuses on providing a space that draws its energy not from the earth, but from the people whose paths intersect there.
The project design embodies a series of paradoxical themes, including introversion/extroversion, accessibility/confidentiality, unity/diversity, and order/chaos, in ways that perhaps appropriately befit a house of worship that thrives as an anchor at the intersection of a varied and unpredictable world.
Learn more about the Golshahr Mosque and Plaza at Saffar Studio.
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