PROJECT GENERAL INFORMATION
Name: Rafsanjan Sport Complex
Location: Rafsanjan, Kerman province, Iran
Architecture Firm: NJP Consulting Engineers [→]
Architect in Charge: Seyed Hadi Mirmiran
The design of this sports complex draws on the typology of the traditional icehouses of southern Iran. In a similar manner to the icehouses, it combines an opaque volume (the cone-shaped dome) with transparent elements (the wall and the diagonal glazed roof that divides indoor and outdoor pools). All internal walls are of brick and exposed concrete, which helps preserve the spatial integrity of the interior despite the diversity of the programme (gymnasia, pools, saunas, restaurant, etc.). The structure is reinforced concrete: external walls are double-layered and insulated.