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To select a building with a strong potential for adaptive reuse one needs to identify old, abandoned or struggling spaces that if revitalized can efficiently address certain deficiencies of a community with an architectural solution. By repurposing old buildings that are no longer active parts of the community to embrace a new function that is more in line with current needs of its occupants we will be able to reduce the environmental and economic impacts of building a whole new structure while at the same time tying together the present and the past.
Hafezieh is a neighborhood that works as a focal point for Shiraz City. It is called after Hafez a great 14th century Persian poet whose memorial pavilion is located in this neighborhood. This memorial structure is a destination point for a large number of people including tourists from around the world. However, lack of buildings with supporting programs that can service the visitors along with the pavilion causes this liveliness to be diminished during certain periods of the year.
A vacant oil factory is located right next to Hafez memorial pavilion. This building which recently caught fire has a negative aesthetic impact on its surroundings and is also important to be addressed in terms of its potential safety hazards. This factory has an important place in the memory of people not only due to its impressive size and industrial features but also since it used to be the main income source for workers living in this neighborhood for decades.
In order to respect the memories of the people and their sense of belonging towards this structure; in this proposal, I suggest to keep the physical body and revitalize the building by defining a new function which by paying attention to the cultural elements of the neighborhood will increase its attraction for visiting tourists as well as improving the quality of people’s lives.
After an in depth study of what the neighborhood needs, it was decided that the building is best for hosting cultural & educational programs. In addition to its primary functions and to add more liveliness to its atmosphere, this site needs to dedicate at least ten percent of its floor area to commercial programs. The nature of the industrial building with vast open spaces provides an opportunity for this complex to work as an urban space that catches every visitor’s eyes. Creating green spaces in the open areas that work directly with commercial and cultural programs make active spaces for people while diminishing the effects of the hazardous chemicals in the site.
The main emphasis of this project is on urban spaces that create a platform for various activities along with buildings with supporting programs. The nature of the industrial shed structure can host galleries that need open areas. Galleries along with performance spaces support local artists while presenting the history of the neighborhoods transition over time.
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