KAMVARI ARCHITECTS TO DESIGN THE IRAN PAVILION AT THE PRESTIGIOUS LONDON DESIGN BIENNALE
Omid Kamvari said: “To have a chance to contribute to this prestigious and exciting event within the London design calendar is a great honour. Our proposal seeks to balance contemporary design strategies in terms of new technologies, tradition and vernacular. We are extremely excited to be included at this event and hope that this biennale and our work can become a platform for further discussions and collaboration. ”
Our proposal for Biennale builds on the theme of emotions by attempting to highlight and bring to the forefront the emotional state of a young and dynamic country with a long and illustrious history in Architecture, coming to terms with the ever changing pace of contemporary life. Everything for designers and architects in Iran revolves around a flux between the past, present and future. The contrast between the two and the requirements of some designers to preserve the past and vernacular and others whom are forging ahead has create a state of ambiguity in terms of design identity and possible ways forward.
Our pavilion attempts to highlight and address this by looking at the Mogharnas one of the most recognisable historic feature of Iranian and Islamic architecture and update it in regards to contemporary technology and design by 3-d printing a wireframe from metal. The wireframe builds on a cage as symbol of entrapment whilst dematerialising the Mogharnas and highlighting manufacturing capabilities and advanced technologies. The de-materlisation of the Mogharnas strips away the un needed and performative, wiping away acoustic features and using geometry the most fundamental part of as it. The blending of the circle and square relies on this geometry, but the ornament and differentiation in scale achieved allows for a dramatic shift from the large to small or human scale. For us this is the key, the humanisation of space and volume and the connection between people and architecture.
In this way the pavilion refers to and builds on a wonderful history while updating manufacturing and design to highlight a possible way forward. The traditional can be used and updated and the comprise can be a beautiful object such as this pavilion. Our pavilion attempts to raise this issue but in doing so put forward a way to proceed. At KA we believe lessons from the past can be used to project forward in regards to a brighter future. The pavilion symbolically attempts to show that this flux between past and present should not only not be frowned upon but used as inspiration to create a better future.