Moalem Insurance Office Building

Location: Isfahan , Iran
Area : 4400 m²
Design date :2015
Project year: 2017
Status: Built

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Context: an area mostly residential, with a couple of stores and service on the edge. Apadan st. without any heavy traffic is a combination of 5-6 story office buildings with different forms and materials has concealed its face behind massive trees. In the middle of the street because of the presence of a mosque and a couple of stores crossing an alley a neighborhood centre has been created. The land is 440 m² with 12m width on northern west of the junction. Since the permit was issued and digging had been done before choosing an architect, we encountered a big hole of 12m deep with foundation taken place and the permit of 6 levels! Programme: is influenced by the dialogue with the client “Moallem insurance”. They had 3 concerns: 1- to own a central office to supervise their branches in Isfahan with a good and vibrant atmosphere for the employees and customers 2- By building and selling other units invest their fund 3-The building becomes a display in the city for this new brand of insurance company  competing others. The commercial section independently accessing the street was the first step of the planning. Janitor’s and a small unit on ground floor with 1st and 2nd floors were assigned to the insurance itself. 1st floor with easier access was for the customers and the sections related to clients’ matters and 2nd floor was for the managers. The 4 other levels were designed for offices in different shapes and characters. Since the insurance has too many customers, an inner staircase –by creating s duplex- has made the access much easier. Strategy: of the design is based on the context parameters, clients demand and the challenges. There was a complex of a street full of different offices, the building supposed to attract people but not adding more chaos to the city and the municipality regulations! The solution was to design a building in harmony with its adjacencies, with subtractions on eastern part to allow more light in but limiting views at the same time with materials orientation to ease the skyline.