Fazili Educational Complex wins award for best Public Sector and Education Project
Iranian architect Mohammad Shamaeizadeh took home the MEA Award for best Public Sector and Education Project of the Year for their work on Fazili Educational Complex in Isfahan, Iran.
The project blends traditional Iranian architecture with a contemporary application, and attempts to create a new architectural language for education buildings in Iran through the reorganisation of masses, the use of voids and greenery.
Accepting the award on behalf of the project was Cristiano Luchetti, assistant professor of architecture at AUS and MEA Awards 2018 jury member.
The Fazili Educational Complex is made up of two buildings: the research centre and the conservatory department which cross-twist to create a sense of spatial movement while keeping a linearity through the use of greenery and natural light. The two departments are unified by their outer appearance and the use of blank spaces, which draw inspiration from the veranda in Iranian architecture.
Judges described the project as “the outcome of interesting research on historical typologies and understandings of local conditions.” They praised the architects for creating a design that proposes a series of functional spaces that are arranged in a complex fashion.
“The use of a single material for the external cladding highlights the tension in the tectonic expression,” the jury panel said.
The architects were unable to attend the ceremony, but accepting the award on behalf of the project was Cristiano Luchetti, assistant professor of architecture at AUS and MEA Awards 2018 jury member.
According to Luchetti, the architects “managed to arrange functions and spaces considering the heritage of the modernity of the context, and then finally, a series of spatial solutions that are consistent across the project, creating a very complex series of open spaces versus indoor spaces.
“Through the materiality, you can tell that there was a very limited budget, but this constraint in the project was approached in a masterly manner.”
Highly commended in the category, which was presented by Charl Van Der Walt, associate from JT+Partners, was the Wall of Knowledge project from Moroccan architects Tarik Zoubdi and Mounir Benchekroun. Judges described the school as “modernity interpreted at its best”, and noted its “very interesting interplay between volumes and detailing of the different but coherent palette of materials.”