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Ivy cafe in Mazandaran, Iran designed by Neda Mirani

The Iranian architect Neda Mirani has changed an existing old shop in to a contemporary cafe named ''Ivy cafe'' located in the northern city of Tonekabon, Mazandaran, Iran

Architect's statement: 

This project is located in the north of Iran and in the city of Tonekabon. The purpose of this work was to renovate a shop on the side of the street and change its use to a cafe. What we were asked to start in this project were criteria such as economic efficiency, fast implementation of the project and also innovation to create a distinctive atmosphere in the city.

a coffee shop with concrete block walls and green plants inside image © Deed Studio

Providing all of these together posed an important challenge. To solve the challenge, the question that came to our mind was: What do we have in this area? Assets that can both meet these demands and enhance design appeal. For this purpose, there was a need to know the material that alone can form the overall body of the project and even play an important role in the components and furniture of the space. This removed the multiplicity of materials from the project and instead shifted the focus to creating diverse functions through the emergence of one material. Therefore, several important factors should be considered in the selection of this material, such as:

1- Abundance (because it should be available in large numbers due to the high level of coverage)

2- Low costs(the overall level of costs by choosing it should be cost-effective.)

3- Being structured (in order to act as a module in design) and in all these cases, the type of use should be different.

a Persian girl in black dress going down from staircase image © Deed Studio

There are many workshops and factories in Mazandaran region that provide cement blocks for construction projects of more than any similar material. This led us to choose the cement block because of the abundance, reasonable price, modularity and pure texture it brings to the project. Also, by choosing this material, the different arrangement of the blocks can help a lot in creating different functions.

Choosing a material with a different texture and a neutral color, such as a block, required a reverse complement. Choosing a plant texture next to it, in addition to creating a colorful touch, also greatly contributed to the vitality of the space. Therefore, according to the conditions of indoor spaces, a plant called miniature ivy was selected, which is basically suitable for indoor spaces, and in case of favorable conditions, it grows a lot. This complement played such an important role that even the name of the cafe was chosen from it.

green plants are grown in the concrete block wall in a cafe image © Deed Studio

In the implementation process, maintaining or improving the existing elements came to the aid of the project on many levels. For example, maintaining the communication stairs for the second floor and the necessary changes to improve it, changing the storage to the kitchen, reviving the bathroom, utility room, etc. can be mentioned among the items applied in the project.

beautiful murals on the concrete block walls in a coffeeshop in Iran image © Deed Studio

Iranian girl existing from a cafe shop image © Deed Studio

cafe shop counter image © Deed Studio

black and white tables and chairs in coffee shop image © Deed Studio

white table and chairs in a black room image © Deed Studio

Muralla paintings on the wall next to table image © Deed Studio

rendering image of a cafe in Iran Visualization by Neda Mirani

cafe wall with Muralla paintings Visualization by Neda Mirani

restaurant table and chairs Visualization by Neda Mirani

black restaurant table and chairs Visualization by Neda Mirani

rendering image of concrete black walls Visualization by Neda Mirani

cafe interior design Visualization by Neda Mirani

Ground Floor Plan Ground Floor Plan 

First Floor Plan First Floor Plan 

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construction process Process 

 

Project name: Ivy cafe

Principal architect: Neda Mirani

Design assistant: Mohammadreza Kohzadi

Location: Karimabad Boulevard, Tonekabon, Mazandaran, Iran

Design year: 2019

Completion year: 2020

Area: 80 m²

Execution of Project: Neda Mirani

Project Executive assistant: Milad Abedini

Execution of block arrangement: Mir Hossein Khalili Ganjgah

Execution of metal details: Behnam malaei

Electrical installations: Sajjad Eshkevari

Mechanical facilities: Hassan Hassannejad

Painter: Ramin Moghadam

Mural: Mahdis Malakouti

Photography: Deed studio

Client: Fariba Mohammadi, Sholeh Tofighi


By Naser N. Ibrahim

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