Tehran’s Dot Architects designs a boxy vertical structure for a creative workspace

A boxy vertical building by Tehran-based Dot Architects, founded by Arash Pirayesh and Mehran Haghbin, counters the small width of the plot it sits on. The boundary of the adjacent building on either side is such that in its western side, according to the city laws and regulations, the building has a 45-degree fillet, and the front of the building on the east, is 10 meters behind.


It is only south facade of the project that allows in, natural light and provides urban views.The employees of the creative firm Kar-Khaneh spend long hours at work, therefore, besides management zones, workstations, meeting and brainstorming areas, there is a need for rest and recreation space in the building.

The vertical access is located at the northern end of the project. With the placement of a void stretched along east-west, natural light was provided in the staircase as well as the northern front of the office. Also, the addition of a vertical green wall inside the void, brings freshness into the work environment.

The layout has been designed such that the management rooms are on the upper floors, the work stations and brain storming rooms are in the middle floors, parking on the ground floor and recreational areas are laid down in the basement floor. In order to increase the efficiency of the space and create flexibility in interior’s layout, most of the enclosed areas such as server rooms, filing shelves and bookshelves were packed in the solid boxes on the south facade.

In response to the neighbour’s 45-degree fillet edge and considering the building’s front border set by local building regulations, the south facade was formed by a pattern which is the result of playing with solid masses and windows.

The green wall in the void and flower boxes on the south facade are equipped with automatic watering system, and have easy accessibility for maintenance and they use the grey water of the building. The main aim of the design team was to create a dynamic and creative work environment.

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