Zomorrod 11: Bricks on The Move

Zomorrod 11: Bricks on The Move

Zomorrod 11: Bricks on The Move

Tehran, Iran

Ákaran Architects


A stack of four cubes, Zomorrod 11 stands firmly at the heart of a traffic junction in Tehran. The design has incorporated the use of geometric brick pattern modules following a strategy by which the exterior façade of the building stretches inside and forms many elements of the interior; from the lowest parking level at -5 through to the top.The one-way street it overlooks on the south elevation connects two of Tehran’s main north-south arteries, therefore the nature of the site’s impact on the passer-by is affected by speed and haste. The Architecture has aimed for the drivers and pedestrians to pause, even in passing, and perhaps reminisce through a modern structure with ties to the culture’s past. In line with this aspiration, the building is rather still from street level, where all the rushing takes place up to the 3rd floor; which is also the height of the neighbouring buildings. Up to that point, the brick modules are static, which also limits views towards the neighbouring sites. From the third floor to the 6th level, these modules become mobile as it rises higher and distances from the freneticism of the enveloping streets, with views opening up to the mountains and the city scape. Bricks screwed together, framed, and moving on rails along the glazed elevation of the building help the architecture to improvise an impression of the speedy surroundings of the street scape, while also expanding views towards the city from the inside.

The mobile brick panels not only provide an ever-changing image of the building on the outside, but they also enable the user to control the amount of sunlight that flows into the office spaces. Each panel weighs around 1000 kg and, nevertheless, is very easy to push along the rails fitted into the flooring. The mobile modules are designed and engineered to make them as lightweight as possible, using custom made hollow bricks screwed together.

Technical sheet

Project Name: Bricks on The move

Gross Built Area (m2/ ft2): 10400 m2

Completion Year: 2020

Lead Architects: Moeen Afzalkhani , Zahra Azizi

Client: Golshirazi Charitable organization

Design Team: Ali Frughi, Mohammad Arefian, Hanna Mobaraki, Reza Ghorashi,

Photography: Parham Taghioff

About Ákaran Architects

Aspiring to create curious and interesting, yet highly functional spaces, Ákaran Architects was founded by Moeen Afzalkhani and Zahra Azizi in 2010. Our work strategy is that it is not a signature style in architecture that matters; rather, it is the essence of the created space and the continuation of an intriguing spatial dialogue with the environmental, political, social, and cultural context.

The Architecture, curiously responsive, is lined with the appropriate engineering collaborative every step of the way to ensure articulate buildings which can easily be read and understood, while maintaining beauty and immaculate craftsmanship.

For more information


  1. www.akaran.co.uk/projects/bricks-on-t…

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Press kit | 5831-01 - Press release | Zomorrod 11: Bricks on The Move - Ákaran Architects - Commercial Architecture - Private Entrance to Offices - Photo credit: Parham Taghioff

Private Entrance to Offices
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Press kit | 5831-01 - Press release | Zomorrod 11: Bricks on The Move - Ákaran Architects - Commercial Architecture - Building set-back, first floor Balcony - Photo credit: Parham Taghioff

Building set-back, first floor Balcony
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Press kit | 5831-01 - Press release | Zomorrod 11: Bricks on The Move - Ákaran Architects - Commercial Architecture - View from main road- Juxtaposition of transparency of glass and solidity of bricks - Photo credit: Parham Taghioff

View from main road- Juxtaposition of transparency of glass and solidity of bricks
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A brick affair with light
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Bird’s eye view of the building
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Night time view
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Press kit | 5831-01 - Press release | Zomorrod 11: Bricks on The Move - Ákaran Architects - Commercial Architecture - Gap holding the cubes in place while separating the main two volumes from one another - Photo credit: Parham Taghioff

Gap holding the cubes in place while separating the main two volumes from one another
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The Architecture lit up
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Press kit | 5831-01 - Press release | Zomorrod 11: Bricks on The Move - Ákaran Architects - Commercial Architecture - Brick modular patterns - Photo credit: Parham Taghioff

Brick modular patterns
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Pedestrian view
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Press kit | 5831-01 - Press release | Zomorrod 11: Bricks on The Move - Ákaran Architects - Commercial Architecture - The perforated back wall allowing natural flow of light on all levels - Photo credit: Parham Taghioff

The perforated back wall allowing natural flow of light on all levels
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Press kit | 5831-01 - Press release | Zomorrod 11: Bricks on The Move - Ákaran Architects - Commercial Architecture - Brick modules- the clear line (3rd floor onwards) where the brick panels are placed behind the curtain wall to become mobile - Photo credit: Parham Taghioff

Brick modules- the clear line (3rd floor onwards) where the brick panels are placed behind the curtain wall to become mobile
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Press kit | 5831-01 - Press release | Zomorrod 11: Bricks on The Move - Ákaran Architects - Commercial Architecture - Private lobby for office floors - Photo credit: Parham Taghioff

Private lobby for office floors
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Press kit | 5831-01 - Press release | Zomorrod 11: Bricks on The Move - Ákaran Architects - Commercial Architecture - Commercial area at ground level - Photo credit: Parham Taghioff

Commercial area at ground level
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Press kit | 5831-01 - Press release | Zomorrod 11: Bricks on The Move - Ákaran Architects - Commercial Architecture - An office in light-space poetry of bricks - Photo credit: Parham Taghioff

An office in light-space poetry of bricks
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Press kit | 5831-01 - Press release | Zomorrod 11: Bricks on The Move - Ákaran Architects - Commercial Architecture - Office interior - Photo credit: Parham Taghioff

Office interior
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Commercial Entrance
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Press kit | 5831-01 - Press release | Zomorrod 11: Bricks on The Move - Ákaran Architects - Commercial Architecture - Private entrance- Welcome desk - Photo credit: Parham Taghioff

Private entrance- Welcome desk
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