the excellence of difference

The excellence of difference

  • Tehran City

  • 15/01/2022
  • Mehr o Mah

  • 13/08/2020


Mehr-O-Mah Tourist Complex is 6 km away from Qom on the Qom-Tehran highway (one of the busiest major roads in the country). The complex is situated on an area of approximately 40,000 sq.m (430,555 sq.ft) and has almost 9,000 sq.m (96,875 sq.ft) of internal floor space on two floors. Several common, open and public spaces can be found in the complex. One of the most impressive components of these public spaces is a kind of curved linear atrium that connects the two floors of the building and spatially integrates the entire complex. This atrium continues in one-story layers and in dividing spaces and restaurants.


This 18-story commercial building is situated in the remarkable Pasdaran Street in Tehran. The building is 50 m (164 ft) high, and its usable areas comprise of 17,000 sq.m (183,000 sq.ft). The architect divided the project into two parts by drawing an imaginary line and considered different actions against the environment. The lower part of this imaginary line was for the local interaction and the upper part generally displayed the project’s interaction with the city. Below the imaginary line, the possibility of space creation was provided for the inactive presence of citizens by cutting the form at the main entrance as well as giving its parts to the streets. Moreover, the moments of pedestrians pause on the entrance steps became the street landscape. Cutting the form on the southern side and forming the yard encourage the people to circulate around the building.