1st Place

Nominated of Middle East Architect Awards 2013 – Cultural Project of The Year

Khoy – IRAN

Summer 2013


Shams shrine Connecting the old urban texture and northern gardens of Khoy city

Connecting the northern gardens of the site to Shams garden and Shams shrine.

Getting inspired by historical Mottaleb Khan’s mosque push and pull brick design (ABBBA,ABBBA,…) and using a similar brick design (ABB,ABB,…)

Using a cubical space as the main plaza’s space under the skylight, and eliminating the minaret view from the shrine space by hiding it behind a concrete wall

Using bricks to enrich the spatial quality of the shrine

Emphasizing on the qibleh’s cross axis to build a relationship among the courtyards

Deserving different kinds of lighting during the day and night, cubic lighting of the shrine up to the sky through the skylight at nighttime makes this place an urban landmark. 

Using copper as the main material of the double skin shelter because of its redness

Carving out negative spaces in three parts of the site for the following purposes: The shrine, a cultural center, and an outdoor amphitheater.

Emphasizing on the pedestrian circulation and banning vehicle circulation along the primary axis.

Designing the copper shelter inspired by the Persian muqarnas geometry

Placing a water axis in the middle of the garden and a symbolic tomb of Shams Tabrizi amid the water as a sign of purity.




Principal Architect: Kourosh Hajizadeh

Design Team: Kourosh Hajizadeh – Arezoo Izadyari – Mojtaba Nabavi

Design Assistants: Amir Hossein Hajizadeh – Ali Ghorbani – Zeinab Maghduri

Other Associates: Azita Nadali – Hamid Abbasloo – Farnaz Peyghale – Yasin Keshavarz

Literature Consultant: Parastoo Seyyed Almasi