Aga Khan Award for Architecture, Connecting Histories, Indian Institute of Architects, Iran, Leila Araghian, Tabiat Bridge, Tehran

Bridges can be more than simple structures says Iran Aga Khan Award winner

Iranian architect Leila Araghian, the chief designer of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture winning Tabiat Bridge in Tehran, says a bridge can be more than just a straightforward project.

She was speaking at Connecting Histories, an international architectural convention organised by real estate developers CREDAI Bengal and the Indian Institute of Architects, which was held in Kolkata.

“A bridge can just be a simple structural project, connecting two places out of necessity. Or a bridge can be more architecturally sophisticated, having some context with the place,” Araghian said.

“Our project in Tehran falls in the second category. It is a complex cultural project. The bridge has handrails, lighting, green space, [and a] lively interior.”