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Architectural competition: ArchTriumph_Dream Pavilion London, Novembre 2013

Architectural competition: ArchTriumph_Dream Pavilion London, Novembre 2013. (
Architect Designer: Shahrzad Orouji

The dream Pavilion
Dreams are succession of images, ideas, emotions and sensations that occur involuntarily in the mind. They are individual and connected to the unconscious. They range from normal and ordinary to bizarre. Dreams can have varying natures, such as frightening, magical, melancholic, adventurous, etc. The events in Dreams are generally outside the control of the dreamer. Dreams feel real while we are in them. It is only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange.
The Dream Pavilion is a part of an infinite, fluid, dynamic parametric single surface, which is created from a simple stripe surface that turns twice around itself. The form is permeable to the surrounding environment, creating an effect of fluidity, dynamism and harmony, resulting in a perfect architectural form that gently embraces the environment around, light and visitors. Ambiguity of dreams created in this project is like ambiguity between real image and reflection, empty and full space, object and background, inside and outside; like when we dream, we cannot recognize if we are in or out of our real world.
All the pieces of the project are connected with each other. They are a part of a complex surface, which we cannot see, but every piece take us to another piece. Every character unleashes a wealth of emotions, feeling and desires lost in time, in search of their path, their course, their hope to become real and current.
When we start a creative process, we must be aware of what is the story we want to develop in that place, or if, on the contrary, we want to leave the options open for its visitors to take ownership of it, transforming it to suit them, as it happens in this project “ Dream Pavilion”. The people are completely involved and their presence will change every time the architectural space. In the Dream Pavilion, the people create and see their reflections or the reflection of their reflections with the reflection of the surrounding environment until they lose the sense of reality. The project is completely integrated with its environment and the both of them are in continuous transformation and, like a dream, this transformation is different for each person.
The form of the plan of Pavilion comes from projection of complex surface of the project on the horizontal plan. The total area is 58sqm, and the maximum height of the three structure elements is 4m. The nine double side reflective panels are in different form and dimensions. The Pavilion is accessible from various points.

Architectural competition: Mendoza Art District (MAD project), Restaurant, Meeting Place and Art piece projects in Argentina, August 2013

Architectural competition: Mendoza Art District (MAD project) in Argentina August 2013. (
Restaurant, Meeting Place and Art piece projects
Architect Designer (Team leader): Shahrzad Orouji
Artist and sculptor: Farhad Orouji
Architect (Graphic): Caroline Fuchs
Rendering: Maurizio Toccafondi

The new design paradigm arises from the earth
The architectural form, harmonious and integrated with the context, comes from the concept of fluidity and dynamism of surfaces, which arise from the earth and are transformed. They create a simple and iconic shape. Which is part of the landscape, until they merge with it and with the environment surrounding. Just like a natural element, the project rises from the earth and finally turns back to refund itself with the earth. This architectural form has the fluidity of water and the lightness of the wind. This form constituted by a wavy surface smooth on the top but open and free to the sides, which allows light and heat, the fundamental elements for life, to penetrate to inside. The transparency is a strong element of the project that allows creating a bright space embracing the sunlight. At the same time, the project becomes inseparable from the territory itself. An icon, which is part of the landscape and at the same time of the city of Mendoza. The reference at the base of organization of architectural spaces inside and outside are abstract interpretations of the natural elements of the vineyards.
Sustainability concept: The sustainability concept of the project is a natural consequence of the design choices. In both projects, Restaurant and Meeting Place, all areas are designed to have natural lighting and ventilation. Architectural spaces and green spaces are perfectly integrated. It is expected the use of local raw materials, as much as possible with low environmental impact. The soil excavation can be reused for modeling the hilly part of the project. Furthermore the complex is designed to have the lowest possible energy consumption.
Meeting Place
The project of the Meeting Place has been designed with the same concept of transparency, fluidity and dynamism that are the basis of the Restaurant’s project. Even in the architectural form, some key elements are present in both project. The void space, created in the design of the Restaurant, is the final element that defines the spaces and the internal volumes; this is also the void volume of the starting point of the project of the Meeting Place, around which are created and developed the architectural spaces. This the common thread that unites and links inextricably the two projects. Both of them are the result of the same basis. In the Meeting Place’s project, this empty element is at the center of a box shaped casing and it divides the volume into two distinct parts. In this way, as required by terms and conditions of the competition, it is possible to realize the project in two separate phases.

Architectural competition: Symbolic World Cup Structure, in Rio de Janeiro/ Brazil, July 2013

Architectural competition: Symbolic World Cup Structure, in Rio de Janeiro/Brazil, July 2013.
Architect Designer (Team leader): Shahrzad Orouji
Architect: Simone Mocali
Architect (Graphic): Caroline Fuchs
Rendering: Maurizio Toccafondi

Symbolic World Cup Structure
The design of the Symbolic World Cup Structure serves two functions at the same time: 1- It provides the facilities that will be used by visitors during the World Cup; 2- It offers to the public of Rio a large recreational park and urban plaza.
The result is therefore an integrative project where architecture and structure work together in a harmonic way. The aim was to create a public place that can be used not only as a world cup structure, but also moreover as a green cell in the city Rio. Its unique design of a roof park elevating high above the city, becomes a clearly recognizable landmark. The undulating shape of the roof is inspired by the beauty of sea waves. The smooth undulation of the roof park also allows that it can be easily accessed by pedestrians directly both from the street in the north and from the south side. The park is an undulated landscape with soft vegetal surfaces. The park invites with its multiple features to activities such as kids playing, family picnicking, walking, sitting, talking and socializing. All areas meet the disabled access standard due to the multi-access project strategy. The building is a landscaped roof of approximately 110x35m, rising in an unequal manner to the maximum high of 10.90m.

Architectural competition: New Contemporary Art Museum in Buenos Aires, July 2012

Architectural competition: New Contemporary Art Museum in Buenos Aires, July 2012. (
Architect Designer (Team leader): Shahrzad Orouji
Architect: Simone Mocali
REndering: Maurizio Toccafondi

Museum as a work of art: a sculpture in bronze
Concept: Contrast between the simplicity of the shape of the pedestal and the standing over sculpture whose shape inspired by the concept of the Mobius strip, has been realized through parametric processing. The shape by bending on itself creates external and internal environments and makes the building permeable to the surrounding environment. The continuity of the surface and the dynamics that are created between the interior and exterior, create fluid spaces, that intertwine without a beginning and without end, to infinity, as it resembles the shape of “eight” calls at the same time, some steps of the Tango.
New concept of the internal distribution : the walls, floors and ceiling are no more distinguishable but constitute a single surface dynamic.
Idea of sustainability: natural lighting and ventilation system, use of materials with low environmental impact, insertion of new green spaces, screening systems that can guarantee the control and the gradation of the level of natural light and its refraction and diffusion to building interior.