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Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

The Driftwood
Guggenheim Helsinki  Competition




The design challenge of the museum is to find a moment of tangency between two ideals: the Guggenheim ideal of creating architectural icons and the Nordic ideal of openness and accessibility. Guggenheim museums have had no precedents at the moment of their inception; each unique on its own and each a new addition to the repertoire of architecture. Helsinki is an egalitarian city within which institutions are accessible and humane. How can a building be both monumental and accessible at the same time? How can it be both contextual and yet with no precedent? (more…)

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Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Iran’s Pavilion, Milan Expo 2015
A joint venture between Ja Architecture Studio and Maher va Hamkaran Consulting engineering Firm.


milan expo-01

Earth is the focus of Milan Expo 2015.
Our main objective in this project is to infuse space under the earth, by raising parts of its shell and introducing Iran’s diverse ecology underneath.
This method of engaging with nature has a long standing history in Iran’s vernacular architecture; subterranean houses in hot climate, houses carved into the rock in mountainous regions and finally Yakhchals and Abanbars (water, ice and food reservoirs).
The pavilion has been divided into four different climatic zones which not only represent Iran’s climatic diversity but also make the visitors’ experience of each space a unique one.

The Elements
Water stream has always been an inseparable part of Iran’s architecture and the binding element between different climatic rooms in this proposal.
The water of the stream is pumped to the system from the front pond and returns to it at the end. The water runoff from the roofs and other hard surfaces would also get collected by the channels at the bottom of the roof slopes led towards the edges of the site and finally merge with the central water stream.


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Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Drava River, Maribor EPK 2012-Competition
European capital of culture-2012
A Jastudio Work in collaboration with Tadj-Farzin Studio



The new foot way and bicycle bridge

The city of Maribor, the second largest city in Slovenia and it is getting ready to become the European Capital of Culture in 2012. As part of the three catalyst projects to revive the historic riverfront of the city, the city of Maribor host a competition to design a 150 meter long footbridge for walking and cycling on the location of a demolished historic bridge. Ja Studio’s proposal was an effort to re-visit the idea of the bridge as a multi-functional urban surface that resolves its geometry between the structural issues of crossing and spanning and the functional opportunities that may potentially arise from these structural necessities.  Below is the submitted description for our entry:



The proposal

The Drava Experience



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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

The White Void; NYC AIDS Memorial Competition
A Ja Architecture studio Project

AIDS Memorial Park Design Competition from Beechwood Film on Vimeo. (more…)

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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Slow Up-rising
Solar Park south, International Idea competition
Calabria, Italy
August 2010

“Subject: Solar Park South Works – Solar Highway – carried out by re-using
Salerno-Reggio Calabria highway sections between Scilla and Bagnara to be
decommissioned by the Italian Highways Authority.”

Solar Park South  brief



“Rather than completely demolishing the old route, with its extraordinary reinforced
concrete viaducts, now fully integrated within the landscape and the collective
imagination, the reuse and redevelopment of certain by-passed sections is proposed as

a means of boosting the production of renewable energy; experimenting with new
eco-friendly technologies; favoring connections between villages and access to
the valuable crops on mountain crests; and, finally, developing new forms of environmental
and land art capable of stimulating responsible tourism.”

Solar Park South  brief


View of the Proposal


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Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Beton Hala 2011 International Architectural Competition
Ja Architecture studio in collaboration with Vav Studio

Project Description

The Challenge- The unobtrusive and elegant modernist language of Beton Hala through the years has stood in a dialogue with the Belgrade fortress and the city skyline. How can a new building get engaged in this dialogue without introducing a new vocabulary or an icon? This has been the challenge of the project and in order to achieve that the project aims to be an extension to Beton Hala and not a new building.

The project- The architecture of the proposed New Waterfront Center is an extension of Beton Hala along a free path in space that starts from the last column of Beton Hala, extends over the tunnel, slithers at the roof level and finally ends by merging on to the Belgrade Fortress plateau.While Beton Hala’s form responds to the train tunnel, our proposed extension to Beton Hala would be a piece of infrastructure at a human level, an infrastructure that entertains a smaller and softer range of urban circulations and connectivity than that of a train tunnel.

Connectivity- The project connects the water front level to the plateau level by a linear building that at its base accommodates the program of the waterfront center and at its roof becomes a public promenade. The roof promenade will resolve the 30m sectional transition along a meandering and gradually elevating path that will provide unique views to the Sava River, Belgrade Fortress and the city skyline.  Multiple access nodes from the lower levels (commercial and exhibition spaces) to the roof level provides vibrancy and accessibility to the roof  promenade and multiple vaults on the lower levels connects the courtyards on the sides of the building and thus activate the ground with pedestrian, bicycle flow and soft urban functions i.e. restaurant patios and outdoor exhibitions .

Structure- The project takes the simple repetitive structural concept of Beton Hala and applies it to the new curvilinear footprint. Arraying the column along the perimeter of the building allows for maximum interior flexibility. The density of the columns varies proportionate to the building outline curvature.The sectional In addition to the perimeter column structures four concrete cores would resist the lateral forces i.e. seismic loads along providing vertical connection for the lower levels (Parking and the existing Beton Hala).

At the point where the visitor center overlaps with the roof of Beton Hala, the perimeter of the building is cantilevered (using the dense column spacing and the lateral support of the vertical core) to eliminate adding extra load to the existing Beton Hala structure on one hand and on the other to slightly raise the building at its most visible point.



Technical Sustainability – On the technical side sustainability is addressed by the following design strategies:

View of the pedestrian under passes

A-    Sustainable site development:
1-    Maintaining the existing operating elements of the site i.e. Gas station to reduce the extent of the site work and development.
2-    Minimizing the building footprint
3-    Minimizing the heat island Effect- Extending the white color of the Beton hala to the roof thus reducing the Heat island effect of the building.

Plan of the proposal at street level


Water efficiency:

Reducing the surface water runoff of the site is greatly reduced by using pavers with different degrees of permeability corresponding to the different areas of use.

View of the project’s intersection with Vojvod Bojovica boulevard and the escalator/ramp to the  historic Belgrade Fortress




East Elevation

West ElevationEnergy Efficiency:

The glass envelope of the building is recessed behind the perimeter structure to use the structure as the sun screen to both create bright interiors with minimum indoor lighting requirement on one hand and on the other to reduce the amount of energy consumption cause by the direct sunlight in the interiors.
Indoor Environmental quality:
The narrow designed footprint of the building would create natural light and ventilation without    the need for mechanical equipments.


Social Sustainability-
The proposal pursues social sustainability along creating sustainable urban connections between different nodes that have been disconnected by an array of urban transportation lines as well as height elevation differences. It seems that once the new Waterfront Center plays its connectivity role the sustainable benefits of the project go beyond the extent of the project outline.

Bird’s eye view of the Project
Credits: A Ja Architecture studio Work in collaboration with VAV Studio
Nima Javidi, Amin Tadj, Behnaz Assadi, Negar Javan


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Thursday, September 25th, 2014

The Under Garden, The garden underneath the garden
Les Jardins de Métis Competition-2011


“…this time she found a little bottle… and tied round the neck of the bottle was a paper label, with the words “DRINK ME” beautifully printed on it in large letters … Alice ventured to taste it … she was now only ten inches high, …the right size for going through the little door into that lovely garden…” (more…)

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