Iran project encourages public to walk across its roof

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Members of the public are being encouraged to walk across the wave-like roof of a mixed-use building in the Iranian city of Hamedan.

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The Termeh building was designed by architects Farshad Mehdizadeh and Ahmad Bathaei to accommodate a retail space on the ground floor and an office on the level above.

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A wide boulevards runs along one edge of the building, so the architects decided to emphasise the connection between the interior and the street by bringing the roof down to meet the pavement – also allowing access to the top of the structure.

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Brick cladding that extends from above the ground floor windows sweeps down towards the street, forming an accessible surface.

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The building is named after the traditional handwoven Iranian cloth Termeh, which is evoked by its undulating form.

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The undulating brickwork also provides access to the upper level of the building, where there is an entrance to the office.

“I don’t describe the roof as a staircase because stairs are an element that repeats, but this element has different scenarios, dynamics and qualities for people going up though that wave-like form,” Mehdizadeh said.

“People can sit or play on it like a small plaza. Stairs have a function, but this element performs in public space.”

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