VIRA Office Building

Office Building

Tehran, Iran


Floor area

Gross surface area

Construction volume
10000 m³

Site area
700 m²

Built-up area
700 m²

+25 m

Number of levels

Number of basements

$ 1.5Mio.

Project manager
Shahab Alidoost, Sona Eftekharazam

Project team

Amir Niknafs

Hamideh Raoufzadeh 

Sahand Mohades 

Parisa Pouyafard

Sama Khaki

Behnaz Behbahani

Hamed Bakhtiari

Rokhsareh Panahi Nejad

Ilia Salek

Mina Mehradad

Ida Ehsani


Executive planning
Shahab Alidoost

General Contractor
Arash Sheibani

Structural engineering
Arash Tadayyon


Project controlling
Shahab Alidoost

Accoustic planning
Shahab Alidoost

Building physics
Shahab Alidoost

 VIRA office building is located in Yousefabad street, a central district in Tehran. With a total of 10,000 m2 of the plan area, the building includes eight upper office stories, three distinct commercial stories on the first floor and the first basement, and six underground parking.

The concept of the building has been initially inspired by the idea of expanding the city block in connection with landscaping. Simply put, the structure of the residential urban fabric, including the building's block and voids (courtyard and landscape) has been utilized in this plan to assist to establish the buildings' structure in a modular sequence both horizontally and vertically. The presence of landscape and void in the overall configuration differentiates the building from other adjacent buildings.

We have always been concerned to avoid rigidity and bulkiness of the building. Urban skyline examination shows that most buildings exhibit a clear and decisive bordering with the sky. Transparency and utilization of glasses for the external facade in VIRA has practically avoided the separation of the peripheral line of the building from the sky. The reflection of the sky color from the façade further supports this idea. This has also been emphasized when designing parapets and the external edge of the building. On human scales, the body of the commercial story has been designed with black colors and a dual transparent-opaque theme to promote coordination with the environment and respect contextualization.

In exterior facade, louvers have supported and defined the modular nature of the structure. Applying micro scales further creates a distinct view inside internal administrative spaces. However, climatic conditions restrict extended transparent surfaces on the eastern and western sides. This has been considered when designing dimensions, depth, and distance of louvers. Louvers have also been utilized as a motif in the design of internal spaces like the entrance lobby and elevators of the building.

A challenge for designers has been the problem of an unspecific number of stories at first, thus we decided to combine the main concept (duplicating the city block) and the modular nature of the facade to create an extendable pattern. For this, we designed multiple alternatives with a different number of stories, all based on the main concept and the above pattern. We ultimately were concluded on working with eight administrative stories at the request of the employer and considering urban regulations