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Milad Tower

Visitors Perspective

The Milad tower is one of the largest telecommunication buildings in the world at 435 meters in height. (figure 1)

It is one of the main focal points representing the cosmopolitan image of Tehran

Tehran Milad Tower Company (2011), Tehran Milad Tower [online] Available at http://www.tehranmiladtower.ir/en-ar/index.php/en/ (Accessed: 10 Nov 2014).

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Figure 1: Milad Tower Height (Tehran Milad Tower, [n.d.])

 

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Figure 2: Milad Tower Art Exhibition (Tehran Live, 2012)

This corporate construction attracts many visitors

as there are different sections of the building

(figure 2) that are used for socialising and

display of artistic exhibitions.

 

 

 

 

 

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Figure 3: Milad Tower (Eshare, [n.d.])

The Milad tower (figure 3) can be seen from almost everywhere           

in Tehran as it is a dominant feature in the city’s skyline. We see

a tall contemporary steel structure similar to other commercial

towers in the world but with a glass dome head structure

below the towering antenna.

 

 

 

As we go through the grand entrance (figure 4) we come across a very modern-day interior. It is decorated with large chic ornaments, marble floors and golden steel pillars. Two large parallel escalators lead up to the first floor. As we go up the glass escalator we enjoy the spectacular view of the city whilst travelling up the 12 storeys .

johnnysally1 (2011) Milad Tower. [online] Available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdnkUHFsQUA (Accessed: 10 Nov 2014).

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Figure 4: Milad Tower Entrance (Taheri, 2012)

 

 

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Figure 5: Milad Tower Restaurant (Australian Turntable Company,2008)

There is a large cafeteria and art gallery with a very elaborate

stylish Western layout. We enter a large revolving restaurant

(figure 5) that is decorated with Persian art (figure 6)

portraying tales from the Shahnameh1

johnnysally1 (2011) Milad Tower. [online] Available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdnkUHFsQUA (Accessed: 10 Nov 2014).

 

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Figure 6: Milad Tower Art Work (Dadvar, 2009)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the top floor there is an observation desk (figure 7) with a 360 degree view of Tehran that offers an impressive panorama of the city. On the highest level of the observation desk that is a large glass dome which you can rest in and enjoy the scenery. Inside the dome is a huge basilisk 2 (figure 8) that portrays the ancient Persian legends.

PrPressTV(2008) Milad Tower [online] Available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4ZuMEKXtZE (Accessed: 10 Nov 2014)

 

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Figure 7: Milad Tower Observation Desk ([Anon], 2012)

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Figure 8: Basilisk (Taheri, 2012)

 

There are gift shops that sell traditional items and souvenirs

 

 

 

 

Relationship to Past & Present

The Milad tower is an example of the predominantly western and postmodern influences in Tehran. However the architect of the building says “that every architectural structure in the world naturally has its own cultural values”

johnnysally1 (2011) Milad Tower. [online] Available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdnkUHFsQUA (Accessed: 10 Nov 2014).

Essentially we see a contemporary exterior structure with traditional values in the interior. The main shaft is an octagonal 3 shape and the diamond shaped patterns give Persian elements to the building.

The sky dome (figure 9) is also inspired by the past as dome shapes are predominant in Iranian architecture.

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Figure 9: Milad Tower Dome (Eshare, [n.d.])

 

Inside the galleries and around the rooms we commonly notice Iranian miniatures 4 and paintings that revive the Persian arts and literature.

The architect (Dr. M.R. Hafezi) explains that every individual has their own personal preference, for example each person enjoys their own music or literature that they choose for themselves but when building an architectural landmark of this scale, peoples see the building in their everyday lives and cannot avoid it while passing it by. Due to this it has been a complicated project to try to suit the society’s common needs.

PrPressTV(2008) Milad Tower [online] Available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4ZuMEKXtZE (Accessed: 10 Nov 2014).

 

 

Looking at the present day political problems of the sanctions within Iran, this architectural accomplishment is one that Iranians are extremely proud of. There has been no foreign support of funding for this project which shows promise for the future of construction in Iran. As a result we see the corporate buildings are going towards a more commercial look whilst still retaining the Iranian spirit within.

 

We can see the architect is trying to build a progressive image of Tehran with very bold and complex architectural features. At the same time, he has subtly incorporated Iranian architectural elements to preserve the Iranian identity.

We see signs of postmodern architecture with this revival of traditional Persian themes in an essentially contemporary style. I feel there are definite elements of creativity as the architect has managed to design a very advanced and functional tower while balancing the Eastern and Western elements.

However when l compare the Milad Tower to architectural landmarks of the previous generation, the Azadi Tower, I notice a vast contrast. As an architectural landmark, the Milad tower lacks the distinctive style and historical splendour of the Azadi tower. While both buildings represent national prosperity, the Milad tower doesn’t leave me with me with a mesmerising and lasting impression like that of Azadi Tower.

 

 

Figures:

Figure 1 Milad Tower Height. Tehran Milad Tower [n.d.] [online], Milad Tower [online], Available at: http://www.tehranmiladtower.ir/en-ar/index.php/en/ (Accessed: 10 Nov 2014).

Figure 2: Milad Tower Art Exibition. Tehran Live (2012) T-shirt Painting Festival in Milad Tower [online], Available at: http://tehranlive.org/2012/11/05/t-shirt-painting-festival-in-milad-tower/ (Accessed: 10 Nov 2014).

Figure 3: Milad Tower. Eshare [n.d.] Milad Tower [online], Available at: http://www.flickriver.com/photos/tags/borjmilad/interesting/ (Accessed: 10 Nov 2014).

Figure 4: Milad Tower Entrance. Taheri, A. 2012 Milad Tower [online], Available at: http://www.therealamirtaheri.com/2012/11/milad-tower-some-more-pictures.html#!/2012/11/milad-tower-some-more-pictures.html (Accessed: 10 Nov 2014).

Figure 5: Milad Tower Restaurant Australian Turntable Company (2008) Revolving Restaurants [online], Available at: http://www.turntables.com.au/pages/Projects/Revolving_Restaurants.aspx (Accessed: 10 Nov 2014).

Figure 6: Milad Tower Art Work. Dadvar, E. 2009 Milad Tower, Somehow, The Oldest still constructing Tower in the world [online], Available at: http://ehsandadvar.blogspot.co.uk/2009/03/milad-tower-somehow-oldest-still.html (Accessed: 10 Nov 2014).

Figure 7: Milad Tower Observation Desk. [Anon], 2012 Milad Tower [online], Available at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/neumeyer/8080758343/ (Accessed: 10 Nov 2014).

Figure 8: Basilik. Taheri, A. 2012 Milad Tower [online], Available at: http://www.therealamirtaheri.com/2012/11/milad-tower-some-more-pictures.html#!/2012/11/milad-tower-some-more-pictures.html (Accessed: 10 Nov 2014).

Figure 9: Milad Tower Dome. Eshare [n.d.] Milad Tower [online], Available at: http://www.flickriver.com/photos/tags/borjmilad/interesting/ (Accessed: 10 Nov 2014).

 


1. Shahnameh

An important source (Far, 1995) tell us that the Shahnameh (Book of Kings) is one of the most significant pieces of Iranian literature. It tells the story of the Persian kings and ancient mythological events. Not only is it seen as a masterpiece in poetic literature but revitalised the Persian language and culture which was perishing due to the Arab conquest of Iran.

2. Basilisk

“The mythical king of the serpents…” (Lindemans, 1997, [online]).

3. Octagonal

Iranian architecture has always had the geometric quality of having a symmetrical plan. “Forms of the traditional Iranian architecture, like square, rectangular, hexangular, and octagonal are used in geometry of the plan and the façade” (Mahdavinejad & Bahtooei, 2012, [online]). These shapes are usually built up alongside each other together to achieve a harmonious design.

4.Iranian miniature

Miniature art in Iran has evolved throughout history with the influence of designs from the Far East and Sub Continent developing its unique characteristics (Persianpaintings, [n.d.]). We see very mystic and euphoric designs were each painting reveals its own story. The combination and harmony of colours used is an outstanding feature in Iranian miniatures (Persianpaintings, [n.d.]).

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