Architect Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar has created photomontages that combine archaeological sites in Iran with contemporary buildings by architects including Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind and Norman Foster.

Forouzanfar’s conceptual project, called Expanding Iranian Ancient Architecture, imagines modern buildings intersecting with architecture that is thousands of years old.

建築師穆罕默德·哈桑·福魯贊法(Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar)創建了蒙太奇考古遺址與現代建築相結合的蒙太奇照片,包括Zaha Hadid,Daniel Libeskind和Norman Foster等建築師。


Daniel Libeskind’s Royal Ontario Museum extension over Rostam Castle|Daniel Libeskind的皇家安大略博物館擴建到羅斯塔姆城堡

Famous existing buildings such as Studio Libeskind’s addition to the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada and I M Pei’s glass pyramid for the Louvre are superimposed over pre-Islamic castles and royal palaces at UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Iran.

In one image, Zaha Hadid Architects’s Port House fire station extension cantilevers over Tepe Sialk, an ancient archaeological site in Kashan.

In another, Foster + Partners’ glazed superstructure from the Hangzhou Apple Store protects the remains of Takht-e-jamshid in Fars.

著名的現有建築,如Studio Libeskind加入加拿大皇家安大略博物館和I M Pei的盧浮宮玻璃金字塔,疊加在伊朗聯合國教科文組織世界遺產地的前伊斯蘭城堡和皇家宮殿。

在一張照片中,Zaha Hadid建築事務所的Port House消防局延伸懸掛在卡尚的古老考古遺址Tepe Sialk上。

另一方面,來自杭州蘋果商店的Foster + Partners釉面上層建築保護了法爾斯的Takht-e-jamshid遺體。

Foster + Partners’ Hangzhou Apple Store over Takht-e-jamshid|Foster + Partners的杭州Apple Store超過Takht-e-jamshid

Forouzanfar has collaged these images to examine the tension between visions of the past and the future, and start a conversation about preservation.

“We have a valuable legacy from Iran’s past that has become a global record. But due to neglect and lack of protection, many of these buildings have been destroyed or are in danger of being destroyed,” Forouzanfar told.



I M Pei’s Louvre pyramid over Chaqazanbil|我是Pei的Chaqazanbil上的盧浮宮金字塔

By creating photomontages of UNESCO-listed sites overlaid with modern landmark buildings, Forouzanfar wants to highlight how Iran’s architectural legacy is being neglected and ask how it could be restored.


“Preservation and restoration of monuments are important in a country with a lot of historical heritage, and its strategies need to be constantly reviewed to find the best practices and the most up-to-date principles,” he said.

“Historic monuments in Iran are eroding and decaying, and are less likely to be restored by modern methods that may arise from contemporary critical thinking.”



Libeskind’s National Holocaust Museum on the ruins of Rstam Castle|Libeskind在Rstam城堡廢墟上的國家大屠殺博物館

Linking architecture from the Western canon to pre-Islamic architecture with these palimpsest pictures was a deliberately thought-provoking choice, said Forouzanfar.

“The additions of contemporary Western architecture offer a contradictory mix that links Iran’s past to the future and present of the West,” he explained.

“I always consult the good architects of Iran and talk to them about my designs. But I am more interested in the critical approaches of architects such as Peter Eisenman and Daniel Libeskand, and try to study their works and their approach to the problem carefully.”



“我總是向伊朗的優秀建築師諮詢,並與他們討論我的設計。但我對Peter Eisenman和Daniel Libeskand等建築師的批評方法更感興趣,並嘗試仔細研究他們的作品及其解決方法。“

Dresden Museum of Military History by Daniel Libeskind combined with Naqsh-e Rostam|丹尼爾·利伯斯金德的德累斯頓軍事歷史博物館與Naqsh-e Rostam合併

Using contemporary architecture to help preserve UNESCO World Heritage sites is a delicate balance for architects.

In Bahrain, Swiss architect Valerio Olgiati has built a vast red concrete canopy to protect the ruins of an ancient marketplace and provide a unique visitor experience.


在巴林,瑞士建築師Valerio Olgiati建造了一個巨大的紅色混凝土天篷,以保護古老市場的廢墟,並提供獨特的遊客體驗。



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