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The Floating Blend: A glance at the Iranian Contem

The Floating Blend

A glance at the Iranian Contemporary Architecture

Hamid Nasser Khaki / Lila Mesbahi


The story of Iran’s present day architecture goes far beyond formal expressions or generated ideas. In fact, diverse controversial factors did shape the final entity.

The Carpet Museum, Kamran Diba
Any evaluation or criticism, without an accurate review on the dialectic platform of the historical process, will have all kinds of shortcuts, fallouts and misunderstandings.
The new movement, from the end of the Qajar dynasty to the present time, includes, in the course of its development, various approaches and attitudes ranging from revivalism of archaic models to modern patterns elaborated in the West.
Architects look for different concepts and expressions encompassing all modes of formal languages whether historical, contextual or western modern.


 Al-qadir Mosque, Jahangir Mazloum
Bandar Abbas Broadcasting Center
The appropriation of western models and the desire to mix its elements with local forms and values generated a curious blend that is still evolving, shaping and transforming itself though various images and configurations. Time will give us the key, the questions being how far are we going and when will, at last, the appropriate equilibrium appear, a balance between worldwide notions and a relevant local cultural context.
The end of the story of today’s architecture lies in tomorrow’s answers.
 Bayhaqi Book City, Farhad Ahmadi
When the ingredients of the coexistence will finally subsist in peace, each in their own place, within their own intrinsic meanings and impacts.
A coexistence allowing for expressions stronger than one floating blend.