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Presence Point

Submitted by Parisa Sherafati

Client: Shiraz Municipality

Location: Shiraz, Iran

Completion date: 2019

Artwork budget: $250,000,000

Project Team


Sedighe Eskandarpour

Point architecture group


Mahsa Saeidizadeh

Point architecture group


Parisa Sherafati

Point architecture group

Project manager

Hamidreza Esmaeili

Shiraz Municipality


This axis was abandoned in spite of being placed in a high potential location for urban design. It used to be a local parking lot. The dimensions are 500m in length and 14m in wide. Design lines are adopted from the valuable historic wall that is mirrored in ground. These lines have formed static points in combination with dynamic spaces. According to need assessment of users, sidewalk and cycle lane in combination with pause points as well as continuous seats and benches have taken into consideration during design. Paths are defined in different widths based on their allocated function and role. As a more peaceful place, the axis adjacent to historic wall is in harmony with benches, historic wall of garden and brick material. The Middle axis with more width and the third axis have defined as walking trail and the third bike lane respectively. Dry Fountain as one of the pause points of path, has designed in such a way to be used as a public area as well as a space for public events where needed. Linear axes in combination with its related space openings as well as defined pause points such as dry fountain and café gallery have formed a cultural and entertainment space.


The purpose of designing this project was to use an abandoned space next to one of the most important historical gardens in the city. A space that was used only as a place to unregulated car parking. A linear axis that, in combination with various pauses, responds to different uses and all ages. A space that is not a place to cross but a place to be.


The design process began with the consideration of this historic garden adjacent to the site. Consideration of diverse and inclusive spaces with the support of historical principles was the priority of designing.