Argo Contemporary Art Museum & Cultural Centre is a former 1920s beer distillery in the heart of Tehran that Ahmadreza Schricker Architecture North (ASA North) converted into a contemporary arts center and is now the new home of the Pejman Foundation, equipped with six distinct gallery spaces & the permanent collection, library, artist residency, event spaces, private studio apartment, art-shop, VIP observation deck, offices and a non-alcoholic bar serving re-issued Argo draft beers.
The design began with inserting new structural foundations, while retaining the expressive exposed brick load bearing walls. Five pitched concrete roof structures, shaped in the historic vernacular of neighboring roofs, float 50 cm above the existing walls, creating architectural “hats” for climate controlled galleries over the formerly exposed upper level. Diffused sunlight is let in through the split between old and new, illuminating expansive 8.5 meter high galleries.
Former basement cellars have been converted into sunken galleries and a completely new isolated L shaped exhibition space for the permanent collection is now located in the underground level. A new 70 square-meter capsule tower located on a narrow footprint at the southern edge of the Factory, clad in diverse strata of cast in place concrete, houses a space for artists-in-residence.