Visionary geometries and forms are fused with traditional elements of Persian culture in the design for a new Tehran Stock Exchange.
The design was inspired by the local morphology – wind-carved sandstone gorges and cave-houses. The building was envisaged as an urban rock, with smartly carved ovoid shapes that enhanced natural light, panoramic views, interior spaces and the relationship with the surroundings. The façade drew inspiration from the tessellation and light prisms of the local architecture, a media wall broadcast real time news and an intelligent skin responded to changing climatic conditions.
LAVA’s vision for a futuristic typology mixed virtual and human interaction, embracing the transition between the market space and virtual reality.
Past and future met inside the exchange hall with modern muqarnas, an interactive data dome and high-tech data screens. Media facades streamed along a horizontal façade, bent to generate different grades of openness and create carve outs and connection to the interior void, maximising fresh air and sunlight. Environmental systems included an algae bioreactor, natural ventilation and solar panels.