Title of the project:




Ardabil is a historical city (founded in about 500 AD) located in a mountainous region, in the Northwest of Iran. Historic Jame’ mosque of Ardabil,

Museum and urban framework of  the Mosque Jame of Ardabil

The edges or in other words urban framework designed in 2011 is in principle the guard structure to avoid historic hill drift or Mosque Jame and facade building of abandoned framework in the area, which we designed and controled of the project to designe new and straddle job,

parallel to these protection in the architecture field. This framework is actually located the organizing of the view of retaining structures and the enclosure of Mosque Jame in the vicinity of street Simetry and it is separate process from the issue of the restoration of the monument of Mosque Jome. (In fact, only, the issue of encounter in the urban edge is considered as the organizing of the passages and museum body).

So, in this context, we propose a scheme that except for the retrofitting of the framework, to it is taken as a positive step in order to the city beautification. It was addressed to be designed a Museum on the edge of the city to introduce the history and site works to the public that initially it was faced with strong opposition from the authorities (because of the lack of protection), and finally they perform it with a justified reason. This effect has become to one of the architectural indexes of the historic fabric of Ardabil. And for the first time, it is designed and implemented in Iran that philosophers shall be provided the importance of their work to public.

  • Structures & Installations of the building: Masonry

The retaining structures implemented,  has been in the form of building and it has been used from the stones of surrounding areas (Namin and Khalkhal). Malone stone wall have been implemented as main guardian building`behind this new structure and it has a thickness of 1.20 m in the bottom and 50 cm in the top. This was decided to heavy materials be used in respect to enforcement guardian structures.

The installations of this section was done was related to electrical intubation and security installations of witrins and lightings and some rain water pipes were considered to transfer surface water of hill to Kanio.

  • Infrastructure surfaces and projects ground:

The length of project body is about 100 m and the area of against square (sidewalk) is approximately 700 meters. All floor and wall surfaces is executed as stone.

  • Design Ideas:

The idea is taken from battlements of the mountainous towns and it is simple and minimalist approach in design. So as it will not overshadow the great work of Mosque Jame.

  • Innovation and the benefits of the project and the value of the existing building:

 1- Guardian structures of the Historic hill

 2- The body building of the city

 3- The city museum

 4- Use local stone materials and colored with the monument environment. These stones have been used in two form of standing and horizontally (in terms of cultural heritage).

 5- Creating the frame in the facade

 6-Modeling the ancient architecture of Iran. (A symbol of fortifications and battlement of the mountainous areas)

 7- Minimalist design, simplicity in materials and form

 8- The building of contemporary forms and stretches frame at the bottom of the irregularly that shows changes and ravages of history)

 9 – Simple showcase with stone framing (a symbol of multiple inputs of Mosque Jame body which it has a long history and a gateway to the historic hill).

 10-  Attention to the human scale of the showcases and greatness in urban scale

 11-  Importance to the night vision and lighting


  • Start and end of the plan year:

It began in 2011 and ended in 2012.

  • Building status before the reconstruction:

Before the implementing of the present study, the building was in the form of simple high stone wall  and it was the levee in some places and sidewalks were been unusable. And people did not show reluctant to the pass over this range.