Project of the Week: Fereshteh Pasargad Hotel

by | 28 Nov 2022 | Project of the Week, Projects

Our latest Project of the Week is a Zaha Hadid-designed unorthodox 46-floor tower which is set to become Tehran’s first ‘truly five-star’ hotel conforming to international standards.

Fereshteh Pasargad Hotel is being developed by a local Iranian private company, Fereshteh Pasargad Hotel Co.

Inspire Iran

The firm claims that the country’s capital city currently only houses high end hotels constructed at least 40 years ago, and that the new property is a response to the shortage of modern infrastructure, spurring an upgrade in the quality of Iran’s hotel management industry.

Fereshteh Pasargad Hotel is being built on a 4,500 sq m site with an area of 106,000 sq m in total. The complex will consist of 300 guestrooms and 40 hotel apartments with a complex that houses a pool, spa and gym facilities, with large lobbies and wide access spaces.

Outside of the tower’s accommodation, there will be 10 restaurants and coffee shops on different floors and employing diverse themes, banqueting halls and spaces, an auditorium and meeting rooms. Furthermore, the building will boast 47 luxury shops, offices and 623 standard parking spaces.

Complicated structure

The unusual structure is one of the most prominent challenges of the project. About 42 m of the skyscraper is totally underground, below a 30 m-high podium, and a 158 m tower sits on this platform.

The main structural element of this 210 m building consists of three concrete cores which extend from the foundation to the tower’s highest floor. The 16-storey concrete lower part of the project is a combination of concrete retaining walls, pedestals, columns and slabs with C50 concrete.

As the structure of Fereshteh Pasargad Hotel has unique features in its shape and does not fit the framework of Iranian National Structural Code Design as such, performance based design methods have been used to analyse the structure, in addition to code based design methods.

From the ground up

The base of the tower consists of 10 underground parking levels with a total area of 38,000 sq m. Above this are six floors of public space comprising 20,500 sq m. On the ground, first and second floors will be a shopping centre housing 47 independent shops in a 4500 sq m net commercial area. A four storey high central atrium will connect the floors to each other.

A variety of food and beverage outlets are envisaged as part of the project, including an 80-seat coffee shop and a 100-seat health restaurant on the first commercial floor, separate 100-cover Chinese and Gilak restaurants on the second commercial level, and a 150-capacity Iranian traditional restaurant plus a pizza and grill house with 170 seats on the third commercial floor.

Furthermore, the hotel’s main lobby will boast a 60-seat coffee shop and the hotel’s main restaurant will house 150 diners alongside two terraces of 100 seats each. Located on the 23rd floor will be speciality French and Italian restaurants, each with 50 seats, while a 100-cover VIP restaurant and terrace will be situated to give the highest and best bird’s eye view from the tower.

Mass meeting

Conferencing and business facilities will be housed on the fourth and fifth floors of the building’s podium. A 550-seater auditorium totalling 600 sq m will be located on the fourth floor, linked to the public area via a private 200 sq m foyer. The auditorium will be equipped with the latest state-of-the-art light and sound technologies.

Two separate banquet halls for men and women will also be on the fourth commercial floor, each containing between 200-250 seats in a 600 sq m area. Facilities will include stages and orchestra areas, transition lobbies to the public foyer, and a pantry and self-service area.

A 170 sq m conference hall with 130 seats and six meeting rooms with a net area between 60 and 90 sq m will be found on the podium’s fifth floor, and two banquet halls with 50 seats will be provided for formal meetings and the required recesses.

Main tower

The main tower will consist of 30 levels with a total area of 47,500 sq m. The hotel’s administration and management offices will be located on the tower’s third and fourth floors, with a 2,000 sq m net open office area. Also, on these two floors will be the main building control and server rooms, as well as the staff dining area.

The 300 hotel guestrooms and suites will be located between floors five to 20, with king-sized beds or twins, one bedroom suites, executive suites and two presidential suites. The Hilton Standard was used in designing rooms, with the rooms showcasing different views of the city, according to their location in the plan. Also the lift lobby should receive natural beams of light and views from three directions.

Sport and service

Two separate sport complexes for men and women will be housed on the 21st and 22nd floors, 140m from the ground. These will contain pools, jacuzzis, vapour and dry saunas, fitness halls, massage rooms and beauty salons for women.

Between the 24th to 28th levels, a total of 40 apartments have been envisaged for long-term stays, enjoying a full range of hotel services. These apartments have been designed with different shapes, comprising one, two or three bedrooms and between 120 to 250 sq m of space.

Schedule slippage

The project first began back in 2011, with Fereshteh Pasargad Hotel Co tasking Andisheh Khak Sazeh Consulting Engineers with being the main contractor. While the construction was originally scheduled to complete in 2017, only the first phase was delivered by that point.

A number of schedule slippages later mean that construction is still ongoing. TOPHOTELPROJECTS researchers reached out to the project partners earlier this year, and they detailed a current completion date of Q4 2024.

Iranian expansion

Subsequently the owner plans to build 10 chain hotels in tourism-oriented cities within Iran and countries neighbouring the Caspian Sea. Prior to Fereshteh Pasargad Hotel, the company’s first project was Nashtarood Hotel Apartment in Mazandaran, northern Iran.

The company has also started building its third hotel apartment in the country’s Gilan province and following this, it is planning to use ferries to carry passengers between the countries around the Caspian Sea, to further its tourism industry expansion goal in Iran.

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