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