1 week ago
Area: 50,000 sqm
Principal Architect: @farshad_mehdizadeh Farshad Mehdizadeh Design| FMZD
Project Architects: @aidaasarboland @farnoosh.aghamirza
Visualization : @ali_kazemii8 .
Sangan is a small city located in North Eastern Iran near the border of Afghanistan. Originally, local commerce was primarily animal husbandry, farming and handcrafts, as well as goods and products exchange with Afghans in local markets. Recently after discovering a huge source of iron in the region, Sangan was transformed into an industrial hub. Establishment and development of steel factories have created many jobs and Sangan evolved into a rich destination for industrial tourists. Although this developments has a positive impact on Sangan but it created a shift from original commercial practices to renting houses to tourists; as there is no suitable hotel and hospitality infrastructure to accommodate the mounting number of visitors.
The project brief includes designing a 20 story tower structure in a 50,000 sqm plot between Sangan and the industrial zone. The client’s objective was to attract visitors through an iconic destination point as well as provide preferred accommodation for industrial tourists. The design challenge was a lack of typological consistency between an iconic high-rise structure and the existing low rise urban fabric of Sangan. Furthermore, a destination hotel would negatively impact the local’s vulnerable source of income and this would result in a pushback as well.
The survival of each new function and program in such a traditional context is depending on the context behavior and culture. So if the hotel needs to be a part of that context it would support the local business and be supported by them. In advance the tower is a strange and overwhelming building typology for locals to accept and interact with as they already have the Carevansaray; a very pure and context specific typology traditionally used for a hotel, with a specific character indigenous to arid Iranian geography.