k.a. naderi + h. madjdabadi + a. mashhadimirza: bank in teheran
dec 28, 2011
k.a. naderi + h. madjdabadi + a. mashhadimirza: bank in teheran


Morning Sunlight on the Copper facade

Mellat Bank, with its 3000 branches spread of the Country, is considered one the most important Iranian banks. Due to the tough competition among the Iranian banks for renovating their image, in January 2009, Mellat Bank management asked the above-mentioned team to design a new façade for its branches. In order to evaluate the sociological, technical and visual consequences of such new corporate concept, the bank decided to apply it first in the façade of an existing branch.
After a joint study with the Client’s experts, the designers selected one of the main branches of the bank Located in Villa street in Tehran for housing the “pilot project for the new corporate façade concept”.
Design principles:
The formal solution for the pilot project should have the flexibility of being used in many different contexts and dimensions. For this reason the designers didn’t make any reference to the surrounding buildings. They created a homogeneous form with high graphical impact, that could absorb and solve any situational variation, such as building plan, openings, ATM, door, structural elements and security requirements, without interrupting the continuous form of the façade or losing identity.
The pattern used to create the façade is based on a simple geometrical principle, first practiced on a A4 paper. The paper was cut along several parallel lines. Consequently the strips of paper were bended on their longitudinal axis with a variety of angles.
Anti-oxidation copper sheets were used to create the main form of the façade. The color of copper could compensate the gray and smoggy atmosphere of the Iranian big cities. Aluminum sheets were used to reinforce the copper sheets and steel profiles used as sub-structure for connecting the façade to the building.
Behind the copper façade there are burglarproof windows and a rollup steel curtain as the last protection device.
The access to the bank is through a section of the façade that can move up and down manually. A mechanical system based on pulleys and counterweights allows operators pushing up or pulling down easily the big section of the façade by hand


2 positions of the mechanical sliding door


Door detail


facade complete view from the main street


door detail


facade oppening


ATM machin


Facade under construction


Design concept model


execution instruction


facade drawings


detail drawings

www.habibehmadjdabadi.com & www.afsharnaderi.ir

comments policy
LOG IN VIA
login with designboom
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

product library