New pride

Rong Cultural Center

Not a good start

Hormoz Island is an Iranian island in the Persian Gulf. Located in the Strait of Hormuz, 8 kilometres off the Iranian coast, the island is part of Hormozgān Province. Hormuz Island has an area of 42 km². It is covered by sedimentary rock and layers of volcanic material on its surface.

Hormoz island is economically stressed out and has a history of consecutive failures when it comes to environmental issues. “Hormoz Red Soil” has long been a matter of tension and the matter has been and still is perceived by many locals as plundering of their island’s natural resources.

The project “Rong Cultural Center” entered the island in 2014, but with a sad end, people in Hormuz burned some parts of his construction. Afterwards he decided to have a more calculated presence in Hormoz.


ZAV Architects
Unit 4, No.4, Shaghayegh Alley
Northern Ghalandari Street, Sadr Highway


Ehsan Rasoolof


Mohamadreza Ghodousi, Fateme Rezaie Fakhr-e-Astane, Golnaz Bahrami
Kaveh Rashidzadeh, Soroosh Majidi, Mohsen Safshekan, Hosein Panjepour
Maral Ashgvari, Amin Davaee


Rong Cultural Center

Due to limitations of resources, a participative process has been set up. Multi-disciplinary brainstorming workshops were held and “Presence in Hormoz” as an overarching vision was further developed to a set of strategies and tactics of an intervention plan. The first series of project that were planned to be executed based on environmental, self-sufficiency, and simple implementation features is going to target a sort of Hormoz-oriented tourism infrastructure: A community center, a tourist information center, a passenger station, a series of bicycle rental stations, cafes and restaurants, a waste recycling management center, a variety of tourist accommodation centers, multiple urban public spaces.

First, a community center was set up temporarily to gain the participation of Hormozians. Then a series of studies have been done on the morphology and constituting elements of Hormoz. After consideration of local and international case studies, the design team came to the conclusion that the rammed soil system and especially Nader Khalili’s SuperAdobe could be appropriated and retrofitted with more contemporary solutions to be used in Hormoz.


Shahriar Town
Hormoz Island
IRN-Hormozgan province

Construction costs






Inside Rong Cultural Center rooms and areas for tourist information, café and event management were built. On the outside, you will find the grandstand that shapes the design for many kinds of events and overlooks the sea. “Rong” was the name that we chose for this complex. Rong is an urban space that people can walk on it. It has harmony with the island’s geomorphology and is iconic at the same time. Its presence in Hormoz brings pride for Hormozians. In its implementation, the adopted sandbag technology was combined with steel structure covered with cement.

Rong Cultural Center accepts the people’s reality and invites their participation and engagement. It is sustainable and recyclable and, it is built fast and with ease and as such, it can be replicated again and again.

Author of text

ZAV Architects


Soroush Majidi


2nd place at Memar Award 2017
public building category

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