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Mixed use / Commercial / Resort
Shams-O-Ziafeh, is a competition entry for a mix-use large scale complex. In collaboration with AGi Architects, Shift Process Practice have received 2nd prize for their proposal for this mixed-use city complex in Mashhad, Iran. The design includes commercial and residential units, in addition to a clinic, an apartment-hotel and various public spaces. The proposal breaks the mold of large retail centers that blunt street culture and have large carbon footprints by diversifying the building uses at street level.
The site massing acknowledges the Mashhad Mausoleum, an important pilgrimage site, with most of the residential units facing the sanctuary. The facades are inspired by Persian architecture, using patterns found on typical Persian dywan structures.
The commercial area is organized as a continuous topography, with the ground and first floors exchanging public spaces and opening up to street retail areas. Shopping units and other services such as a clinic and public spaces are distributed throughout the neighborhood.
What would otherwise be large chunks of mall are split apart to empower pedestrians with the use of connecting courtyards and public gardens. Above, a combination of normal apartments and hotels meets housing needs for residents and tourists.
(Text by AGI Architects and Published at archdaily.com)