The Shobeir Orphanage is located in district 15 of Tehran city along 17th Shahrivar Street. The surrounding areas of this new building are characterized by poor living and working conditions in a high-density urban area that lacks green public spaces and gets low-quality public municipal services.
The main concept underpinning the design of the Shobeir Orphanage building is rooted in the need to respond to the needs of orphans with a new building that would reflect positive social and human values including greenness, dynamism, excitement, vital energy, happiness, trust, and engagement. This new building is also intended to raise the level of public awareness and enrich the human experience by means of aesthetic artifacts and visual designs.
The building is also expected to improve the overall level of visual convergence and coherence of the urban design and architectural landscape for a better visual experience.
The main objective of this project is to provide a dedicated space for taking care of orphans; a warm and cozy place to feel at home and enjoy cooperation for a bright joint future. The main concept supporting this project is inspired by Lego, which as one of the most universally beloved games among children, will inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow the volume of the building is composed of multiple colorful cubes with a simple façade that recalls the profound values of human support and strong protection. The surface displays a mix of shining colors that is expected to radiate happiness and empower the place with positive feelings and joyfulness.
One of the major challenges in this area is the lack of open and public spaces like green gardens. This project aims to fill such a gap by offering a terrace garden and a vertical garden at the heart of the building to reconnect the children with a natural environment and green space.
Special attention to all details has been dedicated to the overall design process and interior architecture of this space in order to comply with up to date international people-centered design standards to accommodate all the needs of children up to six years of age. Joyful colors with low contrast, nice wall paintings displaying children’s toys, and many other visual artifacts have been used to design the interior of each space within the main building