Hooba Design Group wraps Tehran office building in a brick-clad "second skin" - architecture and design

Hooba Design Group wraps Tehran office building in a brick-clad "second skin"



Architecture studio Hooba Design Group has completed a brick-clad office building in Tehran, with a scooped-out central void to bring natural light deep into the building.
The Hitra Office and Commercial Building is located at a road intersection of the Valenjak neighbourhood of Iran's capital, and combines two floors of glazed commercial space with five red brick-clad office storeys.
The Hitra Office and Commercial Building was designed by Hooba Design Studio
For the local practice, two of the key aims of the project were to bring as much light as possible into the building and offer a public space back to the city.
Instead of taking the typical approach of filling the site and placing a light well in the building's centre, the Hitra Building's "void" has been moved to its southern edge, creating a scoop in the building that draws in light and overlooks a new public square. The building's facade comprises tiered layers of brick. Photo is by Khatereh Eshghi
"Based on the built-up regulations and municipal laws of Tehran, each building has turned into a passive member in the city," Hooba Design Group founder Hooman Balazadeh told Dezeen.
"The main criteria of this project was to reevaluate the morphology of a typical office building to improve the quality of natural light and views without altering the optimum built area," he continued.
"The Hitra Building's morphology increases the surface area of the building in contact with the city and ...
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