Francisco MANGADO

Islamic Revolution Holy Defense Museum+



The museum of the Islamic Revolution and Holy Defense must be the museum of the “people”. It should represent the identity between two concepts. On the one hand the revolution, led by Ayatollah Khomeini, a sacred and popular revolution. On the other the people, who placed in the hands of Leader Khomeini the leadership of a movement that they decided. The people supported the creation of the new Islamic republic to recover their country that was being sold abroad. To regain identity, history and customs. And then the people, with their efforts and their martyrs, defended it from external attacks.

So, it is not only about creating a museum that houses the memories and history, something undoubtedly very important, but to create a place that in addition to serving the memory, becomes a “symbol” of a people who have given their lives for something they believed in. A symbol that speaks of a generosity that has gone to the extreme. A symbol of Iran’s history.

From this main idea of the proposal, the scheme is easily solved. The large circular courtyard located in the center, a courtyard that recalls and is a reference to those used for ablutions in mosques, arranges the layout of the three museums in the competition: the Holy Defense Museum, the Islamic Revolution Museum and the Iranian Wars History Museum. It is thus clear that the three museums are part of the same unit, but that, at the same time, they are separate, each of them being accessible independently from the large circular entrance courtyard. Communication between the three museums will also be possible from the interior, where a large circular lobby linking all the floors will allow the relationship between the three museums.

QC3G+86C, Teherán, Irán