Photographer's Note

The glassware and ceramics museum in Tehran is a fascinating place to visit if one is interested in the finer creations belonging to the nation. The building itself has a notable history and had been restored and modified under the tutelage of the former queen. The main architect who worked with a team of Iranians was Hans Hollein,the Austrian architect who passed away this year.
I include an excerpt from his lengthy and informative article about the challenges they faced in converting a mansion into a museum without undermining the beauty and heritage value of the old building.
My previous shot showed the exterior facade and elaborate window frames. Here and in the workshop you can see the interior.

Hans Hollein:
On the first floor of the Museum is the central stairway, which in later periods was completely built over until we opened it up again. On the right are the cloakroom and sales desk and an audio-visual introduction to the collection, plus the first rooms for the prehistoric and Achaemenid periods. Because the building itself was of the Qajar period, evident especially in the very ornate staircase, we put all the objects of Qajar times and the late nineteenth century into this area, in contradiction to the chronological sequence. In the central hall with the opened-up stairway, we had to support the balconies because of the necessary floor loads. We did this by means of columns which became an integral and not an obtrusive part of the installation. We also reused a motif which was omnipresent in the building-the mirrored ornament. We continued this mirrored ornament with the use of highly polished stainless steel or chrome-plated steel. Even the intervention or intrusion of the new is handled very delicately. We did not take away most of the fireplaces, even though fireplaces are no longer needed for heating, because we considered them a part of the interior worthy of integration into the display.

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