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Hafenpark Quartier Frankfurt, 2016 – 2020. Rendering: Panoptikon © Hadi Teherani
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Architecture without borders For architect Hadi Teherani, cities, architecture, interior and product design form a creative unity. “My holistic approach has once and again prompted me to surpass creative boundaries,” he states. TEXT: CORNELIA BRELOWSKI
For the Teherani team, architecture as well as good design need to surprise and convince through simplicity and the capability of solving everyday tasks and global problems alike. Economy and ecology form main pillars of their work. Situated at Hamburgs Elbberg, the team is located in the imposing superstructure of the Lofthaus, built by Teherani in 1994-1997, with contrasting elements like a full, wavelike glass front towards the Elbe river and an almost closed copper façade on the street-facing side. “Our clients enjoy a comprehensive consulting service, individually cut to size, flexible and ready to expand or to become newly defined at any point in time,” says the renowned architect. Born in 1954 in Teheran and raised in Hamburg, Hadi Teherani opened his first office together 82 | Issue 54 | September 2017
with two colleagues in 1991 and took over sole leadership in 2012. His work bridges disciplines as well as cultures, it aims at atmospheric radiance and a deep emotional impact, as well as an ‘inbuilt’ fundamental sustainability, embedded in the design from the start. The first ’green’ train station at the Frankfurt airport and the Cologne ‘crane houses’ by the Rhein river have become renowned landmarks. Hadi Teherani architects plan and build for major cities all around the world: Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Hamburg and Berlin, Istanbul, Copenhagen, Rome and Teheran, as well as Moscow and Mumbai. Let’s take a deeper look at some exemplary works realised by the allrounder: Strandkai (‘Beach Quay’) is the name for a residential quarter that is being devel-
oped on one of the most prominent sites in Hamburg’s ‘HafenCity’ port district. Embedded into the elevated land area, four residential buildings, two sevenstorey structures and two residential high-rises will decisively mark the cityscape to the south. The design is based on a layered arrangement of floor levels with surrounding balconies. The corner-points of the stacked penthouses create a dynamic rhythm for the structure, forming a new landmark at the highly visible location. Spacious loggias will offer farreaching views across the Elbe river and the city itself, as well as towards the new Elbphilharmonie complex. Flare of Frankfurt Planned to be finished next year, Teherani won the competition for a combined hotel, residential and business complex on the Frankfurt Rundschau areal, a prominent urban environmental setting with key intersecting traffic hubs. The concept envisions a newly interpreted and partially open block perimeter structure involving a seven to eight-storey business building
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