Client : Mrs.Firoozi
Location : Zaferanieh,Tehran
Type : Office refurbishment
Scale : Small
Status : Completed
Area : 450 sqm
Date : 2015
Spacious parking on ground floor was converted to a central lobby, main conference room and secretarial area. A dark yet stylish lobby welcomes guests into the building before allowing them to step into bright secretarial area and conference room; transition of contrasting colors creates an optical illusion that ultimately tricks the eye to believe the office space on this floor is far bigger than it actually is.
Typical residential areas on first floor was converted to an open office. Interior of this floor was completely demolished to remove small rooms. An open area is created ,but the designer wanted to ensure the neatness of this area were to be maintained by its future occupants. Office stationary, folders, files, printers, network equipment, drawers, and many other personal and office items often create chaos in spaces designed to be open and well-ordered. An entire wall is decided by the designer to be converted to a mix of open and closed storage space to take this chaos away from work stations, a dual-use area that houses fixed network racks and electricity switchboards as well.
Second floor was designed to function as a VIP lounge. Inner and outer space on this floor is merged by replacing an entire wall with sliding windows; this broad glazing again tricks the eye in accepting that the area is bigger than its metric size. A lot of natural light gets in the building to help the continuity between inner and outer space and to contribute to making this lounge area more relaxed and functional.
The basement was designed to serve as a recreational area. Old storage and janitor’s room on this floor were demolished and replaced with a sauna, a Jacuzzi and a small fitness room. This area together with the VIP lounge on the second floor, pays homage to the image of this project as an exclusive modern office.
In certain areas of Zaferaniyeh neighborhood of Tehran, municipality does not allow construction of properties more than three stores high because of their proximity to Saed Abad Palace – a site of important cultural and historical heritage to the city. Demolition projects in this neighborhood does not carry enough incentives for investors as they result in the same floor area ratio as the old property; hence, renovation projects occur more in this neighborhood. Zaferaniyeh project was a 3 store residential site that was purchased by the client to be transformed to an exclusive modern office. Relatively small floor area, as well as a low fixed ceiling height were principal challenges of this project .