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Merging ancient Middle Eastern building methods with modern technology, the Kooshk Research Pavilion began with 163 metric tonnes of sandbags arranged in a series of mounds. Workers then layered concrete on top of this undulating topography. When the sandbags were finally removed, what remained was a suite of nine interconnected domes, each between two and five metres high. The undersides of the freeform-cast domes have been adorned with earth-toned triangular bricks, while the exteriors were left rough and rugged. The pavilion is ideal for relaxation and contemplation. But it is also a kind of prototype, meant to revive traditional architecture.

Project Kooshk Research Pavilion School Islamic Azad University of Najafabad (IAUN), Iran Team Hossein Moradi with Esmaeil Masoumi, Mohammad Javad Shahvelayati, Marzieh Haqshenas, Mohammad Lamoochi, Ali Oftade, Nafiseh Sharifi, Maryam Lotfi, Masoud Shams, Malihe Rezaei, Ali Pezeshki and Hossein Mohseni

Kooshk Research Pavilion

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