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Argo Contemporary Art Museum & Cultural Centre Tehran, Iran Building, Iranian Architecture Design Photos

Argo Contemporary Art Museum & Cultural Centre, Tehran

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Design: ASA North / Ahmadreza Schricker

Location: Tehran, Iran, western Asia

Aerial view of the museum by night:
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Photos by Deed Studio

Argo Contemporary Art Museum & Cultural Centre, Tehran, Iran

Argo Contemporary Art Museum & Cultural Centre in Iran

Tehran’s first independent contemporary art museum is housed in a more-than-100-year-old former brewery that had been abandoned for decades.

Insertion of a new foundation and metal structure to support the floating concrete floors and roofs independently of the original exterior walls:
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The Iranian-Austrian architect’s aim was to create a dialogue between old and new by inserting a new foundation and metal structure to support floating concrete floors and roofs independently of the original exterior walls, thus allowing generous ceiling heights (up to 12 metres) for the climate-controlled galleries.

View of the white concrete grand staircase:
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All new insertions are curvilinear and employ distinct materials to differentiate them from the brick-built historic fabric: white concrete grand staircase; metal elevator; brass bar; strata of different-toned concrete cladding for the artist-in-residence tower.

The climate-controlled galleries offer diverse and generous ceiling heights up to 12 metres:
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Restored brickwork is indicated by deeply recessed pointing. Former basement cellars have been converted into sunken galleries.

New insertions employ distinct materials to differentiate them from the historic structure:
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Echoing neighbouring vernacular roofs in form, the five new striated, pitched roof structures act as deep, insulating, filtering skylights and signal that the building is alive again: a symbolic “tip of the hat”. Former basement brewing pools were converted into sunken galleries.

Insertion of new structural foundations, while retaining the expressive exposed brick load-bearing walls:
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Argo Contemporary Art Museum & Cultural Centre, Iran – Property Information

Award Cycle: 2020-2022 Cycle
Status: Shortlisted

The new floating concrete roofs in contrast with the old masonry walls:
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Location: Tehran, Iran
Client: Pejman Foundation
Architect: ASA North / Ahmadreza Schricker
Completed: 2020
Country of origin: Iran

Restored brickwork is indicated by deeply recessed pointing:
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Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)

2022 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Shortlist

Art Galleries

Argo Contemporary Art Museum & Cultural Centre Tehran building images / information received 020622 from the Aga Khan Award for Architecture – AKAA

Location: Tehran, Iran, South Asia

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