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Lotus Amphitheater

Prize(s) Winners in Community Building Lighting
University Cmu University
Lead Designers Peyman Kiani, Nima Bavardi, Parisa Biriya
Other Credits Photo Credit: Mohammad Ali Rezaeiyan
Completion Date January 2020
Project Location Kish Island, Iran
Entry Description
The idea of Lotus Amphitheater emerged from the architectural figure of the Safavid era, the most significant artistic period in Iran. During this period, a dome-shaped space was held for Eid ceremonies, Shahnameh readings, and musical performances, and people gathered in those places. This amphitheater has been created to keep the art and culture of ancient Iran alive. The wall patterns and light panels are decorated with 5o7 of Safavid architecture with Seat arrangement on different levels have created an artistic atmosphere inside the hall. In the center of the amphitheater, a hole was created to use natural light with a solar tunnel and lit up the stage. The exterior side is inspired by a lotus that was used in many designs of the Achaemenid period, along with the view of the handmade tiles of the Safavid period and glasses with a combination of linear LEDs and spotlights, which has created beautiful reflections on the water.
Using light art, music, and form, audiences experience a hierarchy from the heyday of Iranian architecture.