Argo Contemporary Art Museum & Cultural Centre - AKDN
Aerial view of the museum by night. | Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)
Insertion of a new foundation and metal structure to support the floating concrete floors and roofs independently of the original exterior walls. | Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)

Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)

View of the white concrete grand staircase. | Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)

Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)

The climate-controlled galleries offer diverse and generous ceiling heights up to 12 metres. | Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)

Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)

Former basement cellars have been converted into sunken galleries. | Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)

Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)

New insertions employ distinct materials to differentiate them from the historic structure. | Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)

Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)

Restored brickwork is indicated by deeply recessed pointing. | Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)

Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)

Insertion of new structural foundations, while retaining the expressive exposed brick load-bearing walls. | Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)

Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)

The new floating concrete roofs in contrast with the old masonry walls. | Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)

Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)

First floor plan. | Courtesy of architect

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Ground floor plan. | Courtesy of architect

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Roof plan. | Courtesy of architect

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Second floor. | Courtesy of architect

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The entrance is a socially charged, inviting, brick-clad and brick-paved courtyard. | Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)

Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)

The courtyard has three walkable skylights that overlook former brewing pools, which are now used as archives storage, MEP and service areas. | Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)

Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)

The glazed entrance doors can slide over to the side to create a large opening that connects indoor and outdoor spaces uninterruptedly. | Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)

Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)

Clearly a highlight, the freestanding staircase experience of the tall, light-filled main gallery distinguishes it from the rest of the more compact gallery spaces | Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)

Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)

The white concrete staircase ascends through a double-height space and lands in a tall gallery. | Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)

Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)

The grand staircase leads to a gallery with asymmetrical scoop-like skylights in a roof system that is held slightly above the walls, creating a floating effect. | Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)

Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)

New interventions such as the reception desk, bar and main staircase display significant curves to stand out from the industrial brick enclosure. | Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)

© Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)

Visitors can walk through the tall tower which is now preserved and braced with steel members for stability. | Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)

Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)

Detail of the floating roof's elaborate concrete finish. | Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)

Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)

New masonry is a similar colour to the original but can be identified by its deeply recessed pointing. | Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)

Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Deed Studio (photographer)

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Argo Contemporary Art Museum & Cultural Centre

Country of origin: Iran

Location: Tehran, Iran

Client: Pejman Foundation

Architect: ASA North / Ahmadreza Schricker Design:

Completed: 2020