Iran urban design emphasises public space


German urban designers BRT, in collaboration with Iranian architects Design Core, have recently been awarded first place in a competition for a commercial – residential complex in Mashad, Iran’s second largest city.

The development includes commercial properties, hotels, hotel apartments and residential.

A special aim of the design is to create various open spaces to form a general public realm – from lively activity along the main roads, via places of rest, to the private garden.


A courtyard will be planted with shady trees, water features will be installed and cafés provide places to relax.

Shops are located on ground floor and first level of the complex.

A particular characteristic is an  arcade in front of the shops that runs around the building’s podium on all sides and allows visitors to walk around the precinct and still be protected against the weather.

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