Monavar Hotel is located in Mashhad, the second populous city in Iran. Visiting the Imam Reza Shrine -the eighth Shia Imam- by millions of pilgrims every year, the city needs to expand its infrastructures to accommodate these people. So the four-stars Monavar Hotel is designed to provide good facilites and comfortable places for guests. This hotel is located near south of the Imam Reza Shrine and constructed in 22 levels which consists of one-level pool, two-levels parking, one-level kitchen underground and 18 level on the ground. The hotel has about 140 bedrooms -double bed, twin bed and suits, restaurant, swimming pool, cafe and roof garden.
The design proposal for six floors Al-Khonji hotel aims to combine the traditional local architecture and modern global architecture into an integrated volume. For this goal, 5O7studio explored the local architecture and Muscat’s historic buildings, so as a result three elements include Islamic arches, Islamic patterns and white dense volumes have been selected among many elements. In the other hand, we considered hotel as a modern building that should provide appropriate facilities and comfortable place for guests. Therefore the combinations of these two concepts make a volume that contains two distinct main parts: the modern volume faced to north direction and the traditional volume located in north-west part of the site. Although the hotel building has two separated parts, the façade which made of Islamic patterns connects these two and consequently makes an integrated volume. According to the sunshine in Muscat, the hotel rooms faced to the north to gain less direct sunshine and also the room’s terrace covered with a wooden shelter. Designing green terraces in different levels and making an inner garden on ground floor help to adjust the temperature in hot weather.