Author Archives: ArchiTah

The worlds tallest skyscraper to be built in 7 months…

I have always wanted to talk about the future in architecture; coming across this post on Dezeen, I thought its a good time to talk about what seems to be the future . Apparently a Chinese firm is planned to build this building using prefabricated pieces that are installed on the site  like “lego”. This firm has already completed a smaller 30 story tower using the same method in 15 days which is great. I believe that construction techniques have always been one of the biggest limitations to  design and innovations such as this are definitely the future. With all the so called sustainable benefits that such methods of construction can bring to the industry, I have to say in terms of design and function such methods could have a low side to them. The mass production and the rigid modular pieces definitely has an impact on both aesthetics as well as the functional arrangements of the spaces.  A design that is a direct product of such method is as unpleasant as  this tallest tower which is planned to be constructed. This is why I think architects should invest GOOD RESEARCH in this field and try to think of new ways of design that leads such construction methods instead of being a victim to it.

In the world of architecture, libraries are among the very special buildings because  they require the architect to design not only for humans but also for BOOKS! and their very special requirements in terms of natural light and the overall building conditions (acoustics, temperatures, humidity, etc). There is something so beautiful about the combination of books, natural light and human occupied space that creates a spirit to every library ( libraries with great design off course) . Now my love for library designs is combined with my admiration for Dutch designers MVRDV. This group of designers are without doubt one of the current pioneers in architecture with their SIMPLE design for efficient functionality. Their latest work “The Book Mountain” is a great example of my point about this firm. First of all, I think for the first time, I see a library that has centralized the stack of books and arranged everything else around it. The decision of the architects for this arrangement is definitely based on the context of the building. The adjacent buildings of the library  are mainly the traditional brick buildings with pitched roofs and the architects have taken advantage of these rigid and bold buildings by literally taking their silhouetteand turn them into a new typology. This has resulted in a building with solid brick base topped by a glass pyramid which has a “mountain” of books in its heart. The transparency through the pyramid into the books creates a very tempting feeling to every passerby inviting them for a visit to the library. I think the response to the context, and attention to the arrangement of different functions in the building is a genius act and must be admired. Please do not hesitate to read more about further details on the project here.

Architecture Man of Black and White in Color…

You cannot be an architect not knowing the legendary Modern architect LE CORBUSIER. He is one of the masterminds behind a movement in architecture that changed not only architecture as a profession but also architecture and its responsibility to humanity (MODERNISM).In simple words  what LE CORBUSIER and his fellow Modern architects did was to bring architectural design to our houses so that we can also enjoy benefits of a well designed space.Before the Modern movement, architecture belonged to the higher classes of society and only super rich people could afford architectural design while people like CORBUSIER introduced or invented “simplicity” in architecture that was functional and beautiful beside being affordable by the middle class. Sometimes the Modernist architects are criticized for their philosophy of “simplicity” and “form following function” but I really believe the contribution they had to humanity is one of a kind and can never be criticized. Their “vision of architecture for all” is the biggest lesson I learnt from them as an architect and I would be posting more about this vision hopefully in near future. For now, I want to commemorate LE CORBUSIER by displaying some of his work as well as his rare photos in color (we have always seen LE CORBUSIER as the man in black and white).


Homa Arkani: Persian Pop Artist

I was amazed to see the work of Homa Arkani, a young Iranian pop artist. Her Paintings focus on the social/cultural issues faced by young Iranian girls. The feelings her paintings bring to me are very nostalgic and familiar; they remind me of my last few years of life back in Iran. Feelings of insecurity, anger along with the typical teenage quest for trying new things in life, on the way of finding my identity in a country like Iran where women are under tremendous pressure.  “These images of young girls who have so thoroughly immersed in their fantastic world demonstrate the crisis of identity amongst the middle-class new generation of Iranian women. As one treads a path among these flamboyant features one easily identifies them as stereotypical adolescent city girl in today Iran. Vanity, overindulgence, artificiality, extravagance; these are the expressions which come up in a spectator’s mind in the first place. Homa Arkani has presented her familiar and, at the same time, awkward characters in both indoors and public places, creating a psychically-charged space to reveal the characteristics of this section of the society.” Click here to read more.