Ribbon of Light

LocationGheytarieh, Tehran
Area12000 m2
ClientMotaghi and Partners

The architecture of the RIBBON OF LIGHT was designed by Tom Wright, the architect of the Burj al Arab in Dubai, which is a most iconic building in Dubai. Tom Wright designed this shopping mall in the shape of an S and the clients approached us for its interior architecture.

We tried to bring the exterior architecture inside the shopping mall as much as possible, but at the same time we wanted it to be very “Iranian” and not just like any shopping mall elsewhere in the world.

That’s why the columns seem to be pushing the ceiling higher away, as though the ceiling panels of aluminum panels were tent fabric, reminding us of the tribal quality of Iranian and Arabic cultures.

The columns which are very sturdy have been covered by triangular geometries to look more fluted. These geometries are usually seen in the mogharnas of mosques’ entrances. Finally, the edges of all these geometric forms have been decorated with mirror works, that is a totally Iranian craft. Because of the stainless steel rims of the ceiling panels and the mirror works, there is a lot of glitter in this shopping mall, which in spite of its small size, achieves a certain grandeur.

Unfortunately the clients did not entrust the interior architecture of this project to us, and it is still in the process of being built.

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