Competition: 1 st Place
Nominated of Middle East Architect Award 2013 (Cultural project of the year)
Khoy / Iran
Area: 7000 m2
concept of the project has come from local notions, Patterns, and literature which were sustainable during years in this place. Shams literature had its important role in the project theoretical foundation, as we designed for shams tomb and he was a great poet, and it is completely interlaced with local notions about death and life and spiritual eternity.
Shams shrine Connecting the old urban texture and northern gardens of Khoy city connecting the northern gardens of the site to Shams garden and Shams shrine.
Getting inspired by historical Mottaleb Khan’s mosque push and pull brick design and using a similar brick design.
Using a cubical space as the main plaza’s space under the skylight, and eliminating the minaret view from the shrine space by hiding it behind a concrete wall using bricks to enrich the spatial quality of the shrine
Emphasizing on the qibleh’s cross axis to build a relationship among the courtyards Deserving different kinds of lighting during the day and night, cubic lighting of the shrine up to the sky through the skylight at nighttime makes this place an urban landmark.
Using copper as the main material of the double skin shelter because of its redness carving out negative spaces in three parts of the site for the following purposes: The shrine, a cultural center, and an outdoor amphitheater. Emphasizing on the pedestrian circulation and banning vehicle circulation along the primary axis.
Designing the copper shelter inspired by the Persian muqarnas geometry placing a water axis in the middle of the garden and a symbolic tomb of Shams Tabrizi amid the water as a sign of purity.