Architecture – Teheran-based studio Next Office has designed the headquarters of CEO – Construction Engineering Organization in the city of Mashad, Iran, as “a place where engineers can gather and communicate with each other”. The building is now on construction.
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“This void which is inspired by morphology and structure of traditional Iranian constructions, defines entrance and solid configuration of the complex.” Comments , Alireza Taghaboni, founder of Iranian studio Next Office.
On the ground level, the passage through the volume links two streets across from each other and also creates a spatial-structural void that connects these streets and guides pedestrian flow inside the building.
“In our experience regarding to Construction engineering Organizations in Iran, we can say that couple of spaces have more importance than others, one is the public hall where applicants attend for their certifications or technical documents approval and the other is an amphitheatre which hosts many seminars, conferences and events on the subject of construction engineering.”
The spatial organization type of these two large-scale units of the building reflects expert’s category and professional mission of construction engineering respectively, defining the spatial organization of whole building, effectively.
The urban issue of the project as an exterior argument and spatial organization concern of the two main spaces as an interior logic, led us to locate the public and gathering spaces, amphitheater and documents approval hall among the closest levels to the ground – basement, ground floor and first floor – which are connected directly to the void and existent urban space.
Next Office aims to provide a contemporary alternative to traditional Iranian architecture, responding to the climate conditions, economic, sociopolitical, and cultural context of each project as well as the peculiarities of each project’s site. The practice’s work ranges from single-family houses to residential, commercial, and mixed-use large-scale complexes, to urban master plans.
Over the past decade, the practice has won several Memar Awards, a prestigious national award for architecture in Iran held annually, making it one of the top prize-winning practices in the country.
- All images by Next Office.