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Ekaterina Maltseva Architectural Laboratory

22 packages, Tegeran

Ekaterina Maltseva, Andrey Buslaev


22 packages. Project B.


A modern public building associated with fashion stores must meet personality, flexibility and recognizability requirements.
Tehran, as a huge megalopolis, gives rise to a lot of cultures and trends, all of which are interrelated with each other and together constitute a whole.

22 multicoloured “packages” – solid components of the building, which correspond to 22 city districts of the Tehran. 


The multistorey building has the complex cubic structure, which consists of blocks or “packages” having irregular shape. The lattice motif, which is intrinsic to the functional architecture, runs through the building. Thus, the plan is based on the square geometry. The structural supports – intersections of blocks – are located at internal axes; however their position is not attached to severe constraints.   Various stereometric figures are formed on the basis of the “crystal lattice”. It helps the objects “petrified” within it in overcoming “gravitation” and doing what they want. In this way, the spatially active and permeable lattice means presence of the structure in the overall design.   The translucent coloured glass used as barrier and misalignment of vertical lines convey an impression of “nature-likeness” and improvisatory nature of the facility. The constant presence of such an improvisation will give joy from perception of the architecture. The zigzag line of the facade accentuates the silhouette of the mountains situated near the building.


    The main advantages of this facility:

   - The interior space is designed to ensure organization of visitors' movement through the ring pattern.

   - Free-pattern planning capability

   - Maximally functional staff allocation.

   - Additional entrances for efficient placement and delivery of goods.

- Elevators and staircases are very comfortable both to staff and visitors and enable quick evacuation in case of emergency.

   - Underground parking enabling fast car placement, two car elevators for space saving. 


What we do:

  • Exploratory design, concept design
  • Architectural designing of inhabited, public buildings and constructions
  • Constricting of private houses
  • Design of interiors
  • Computer simulation
  • Managing projects, architectural supervision


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