mohammad hassan forouzanfar introduces skyscrapers to iranian villages

mohammad hassan forouzanfar introduces skyscrapers to iranian villages

from the designer who brought us the dreamy iranian monuments that look as they come straight out of movies, his new photomontage series in the ‘retrofuturism’ collection, depicts imaginary skyscrapers within the arid context. once again, mohammad hassan forouzanfar experiments with the lack of verticality in traditional iranian architecture and imagines how tall buildings would look as if designed with the vernacular style.


abyaneh village



fourouzanfar places towering structures amidst typical iranian cities and villages in his project. within a horizontal texture, the skyscrapers stand out and can be seen from miles away. the old architecture of iran retains its historical identity yet enters the vertical aesthetic of modern skyscrapers and surreal shapes.





with the new series, the designer aims to ‘return to the future’. he seeks to introduce ideas of historical architecture into a new, more modern world. the muted tones and pastel hues give the images a surreal feeling, creating an architectural mirage in the middle of the desert.


safi-o-din tomb


amir chakhmagh


faryab village


masouleh village

nayband village

khajou bridge

yazd city

masouleh village



project info:


designer: mohammad hassan forouzanfar

project name: retrofuturism



designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

edited by: cristina gomez | designboom

  • Audacious and beautiful BUT there’s perhaps a very good reason why there isn’t much height in Iranian traditional architecture…earthquakes!

  • Vernacular architecture does not have a phallus syndrome -thank God…

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