Images have been revealed for the Iran Historical Car Museum, for which RMJM Arta Tehran will be providing the interior design, after having been announced as the lead architects in August 2016.
The firm will now be leading the development of the entire project which covers a 22,000m2 site, commissioned by The Cultural Institute of Bonyan Museum.
Situated approximately 20km west of the capital city, Tehran, the Iran Historical Car Museum currently houses one of the largest and most valuable car collections in the region, comprising sports cars, limousines, motorcycles and carriages owned by the last Shah of the Pahlavi Dynasty, Mohammad Reza Shah.
RMJM’s design concept involves creating an atmosphere where the cars on display are seen as historical emblems. The linear corridors designed along the display paths function as transitional spaces, transforming the Museum into a place where visitors can experience the passing of the time.
“The recent approach of Bonyad towards the revitalisation of the Car Museum will benefit the whole area, adding culture and history to the industrial zone,” said Arta Rostami Ravari, managing director and head of design at RMJM Arta Tehran, who is lead architect on the project.
To communicate the cultural value of the Museum to the industrial district, RMJM is collaborating with curator and art expert Peter Fisher on the project. Fisher was the director of the Paul Klee Centre in Bern between 2001 and 2016 and, prior to that, director of the Art Museum of Lucerne.
According to the release by the architects, Fisher is deeply active in the art scene in Iran, developing projects of mutual exchange between Iranian and European art.
Commenting on the project, Ravari said: “The whole design process for historizing the visitors aims to bring the past alive in the present. I think this be the way for many projects over the coming years in this country. We are linked inextricably to the past even as we move forward with new technology and design.”
Earlier this year, Cristiano Luchetti, one of designMENA’s regular columnists and architecture professor at the American University of Sharjah spoke to architect Kourosh Hajizadeh, founder of Tehran-based Hajizadeh Architects about the state of architecture in Iran.