Tehran Center for the Performance of Music

The Tehran Center for the Performance of Music is strongly grounded in the philosophy of “place making” using the Persian garden concept to link the green spaces surrounding the site into what becomes effectively a new urban garden park. A concentric series of spaces - public lobbies, restaurant, lounges and offices surrounded by practice halls, recital hall and main concert hall – are organized around an enclosed sunken garden court which is spatially reminiscent of the sunken garden of Kashan’s Agha Mosque. The areas above these spaces in turn become terraced, roof top gardens with a broad, shaded plaza linking water-and tree-lined Pahlavi Avenue with a wooden campus behind the site.

The modulated ceiling surfaces of the main concert hall are acoustically effective and, within the eccentric volume, a modern derivation of the moulded plaster work of traditional Iranian domes and apses. The complex, of reinforced concrete sheathed in clay masonry, contains spaces for the performance of music ranging from the individual voice to traditional Iranian instruments, to chamber music orchestras, experimental music groups, symphony orchestras and choirs.

The Mandala Collaborative Architects / Planner

Concert hall roof exterior

Concert hall ceiling interior