From: tehranprojects.com                                                                                         Original title: Industrial Credit Bank in Tehran
The project was developed in two phases: First the I.M.Pei’s office was task to design the headquarter of the Iran’s Industrial Credit Bank. The design was reworked since this model was prepared (see the figure A below), the new version is expected to retain the reflective glass skin and faceted massing of this earlier scheme. In the second phase the project was extended into the whole urban block. On a 36-acre site I.M. Pei & Associates in joint venture with Sazeh Consultants designed Kapsad, a mixed-used center replete with apartments, 2 million sq ft of offices, 400 hotel rooms and 150,000 sq ft of retail space was the subject of planning. The design and the massing of the bank headquarter was altered slightly.
First schematic design for the Credit Bank Headquarter. Photo of the model

“The new headquarters for the Industrial Credit Bank was planned to be situated in downtown Tehran creating, with nearby Rudaki Opera House, a sophisticated urban space at a focal point in the north-south street system. The 27-story office tower uses the traditional Iranian notched-square motif to provide maximum natural light for each floor and translates this into a sophisticated structural system. The lower office/ commercial structure, with skylit interior wintergarden , wraps protectively around two sides of the 7000-sq site and transforms the intermediate plaza into a modern version of a traditional walled courtyard. This plaza, from which both buildings gain entrance, is further enhanced by a water tower fountain and a small grove of trees. The facades of glass and aluminum recall traditional Iranian motifs while the reflective exterior acts to minimize the mass of the buildings. A restaurant and a cafe opening onto the plaza, a lower-level concourse of shops and the subterranean parking will serve patrons of the Rudaki Opera House as well as the project itself, bringing activity to the area both day and night.”

© Text, Roloff Beny, Iran: Elements of Destiny (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1978), 349.

 

B. The plan of the 36-acre urban block in the northwest section of Tehran. Second Phase. 1.Office Tower 2.Residential 3.Hotel 4.Office Space (courtyard) 5.Banking 6.Retail
Massing of the revised design. Photo of the model


Bibliography:
Roloff Beny, Iran: Elements of Destiny (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1978).
Progressive Architecture, October 1976, 58-59.

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