Sekonj Garden: Reviving an Urban Oasis

Creating a Coherent and Interactive Urban Space

The Sekonj Garden project by Eskandarpour, Saeidizade, and Sherafati aims to revive a small portion of a lost garden in Shiraz, Iran. The design takes inspiration from the existing trees on the site and focuses on creating diverse spaces for social interaction.

In the past, the location of the Sekonj Garden was part of interconnected gardens that were gradually lost due to urban development. The design team recognized the importance of preserving the remaining green space and maximizing its potential for social interactions. The main axes and old trees that have survived became the foundation for the layout and proposed new structures.

The uniqueness of the Sekonj Garden lies in its contextual approach. The use of red brick, a material commonly found in the region, is creatively incorporated throughout the project. From the floors to the seats and walls, the brickwork forms a cohesive design that allows for creative uses. The entire project, including seating and lighting, was meticulously crafted in the project workshop using hand-made techniques, ensuring its distinctiveness.

Technical specifications of the design include a main axis width of 6m, with a central circular space featuring a tree in the middle of a water basin. The central space is 80cm lower to provide privacy, and two platforms of 40cm height and six steps of 15cm height offer comfortable seating and easy access. The seating varies in length, accommodating different areas such as the main paths and the children's playground.

The Sekonj Garden encourages interaction through its thoughtful design. By considering the needs of the users, the project offers diverse spaces and functions that promote social engagement. The use of familiar shapes, such as the old domes, and native materials helps to establish a connection between people and the space. Additionally, the project prioritizes sustainability by increasing green space, using renewable and recycled materials, and reducing implementation costs through on-site construction techniques.

The Sekonj Garden project was completed between January and September 2019 in Shiraz, Iran. The design methodology drew inspiration from Jan Gehl's approach to surveying small urban areas, focusing on understanding the primary qualities of urban places and translating them into architectural design. Overcoming challenges such as preserving old trees and ensuring proper irrigation, the design team successfully created a dynamic and inclusive space using local materials and cost-effective solutions.

The Sekonj Garden project has been recognized for its excellence and innovation. It was awarded the Iron A' Design Award in Landscape Planning and Garden Design in 2023. This prestigious award acknowledges the project's well-designed, practical, and innovative nature, meeting professional and industrial requirements while contributing to a better world.

Project Details and Credits

Project Designers: Eskandarpour,Saeidizade,Parisa Sherafati
Image Credits: All the CREDIT and COPYRIGHT for is images belong to Sedigheh Eskandarpoor, Mahsa Saeedi zadeh, Parisa Sherafati Video Credits: Ava Keshavars, Fitness Trainer
Project Team Members: Designer:Sedigheh Eskandarpoor, Mahsa Saeedi zadeh, Parisa Sherafati project manager: Hamidreza Esmaeli Employer: Shiraz Municipality
Project Name: Sekonj Garden
Project Client: Eskandarpour,Saeidizade,Parisa Sherafati

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