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Cafe creates an alternative public space for Tehran

Cafe creates an alternative public space for Tehran

A cafe in the Iranian capital of Tehran has been designed as a public space and event venue.

It is the work of Sanaz Ghaemmaghami and Mojtaba Zaheri of local studio Modaam Architects and run by the Amir Chocolate coffee shop chain.

“In a megalopolis like Tehran the public sphere gradually fades, affected by political and social factors,” said the architects. “The Amir Chocolate + Urban Cafe is an attempt to create public space in the heart of Tehran’s dense urban context.”

The cafe features a removable glass frontage so the interior can be extended out on to the pavement. Glass partitions are fixed to a track in the ceiling so they can be entirely removed to one side or set back to form a screen.

The project is aimed at encouraging the population of Tehran to once again gather at locations across the city – something that became rarer during periods of heavy policing. But it is now becoming popular once again as regulations are relaxed.

Photography by Alireza Behpour.

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