M Reza Darai: QUAD DESIGN ARCHITECTS
BIBA Editorial Team
M Reza Daraie: QUAD DESIGN
AA Dipl. Arch, RIBA
Reza Daraie, Zina Allawi, and Godfrey Heaps are Founding Directors of Quad Design which was established in 1987. It has in the last five years been Lead Consultant on three major Prestigious Projects in the Middle East; The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque , The Fort Palace at Izz and The Baynunah Hilton. The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque was won in an International Competition.
M.R. Daraie studied architecture at The PCL and The Architectural
Association School Of Architecture ( AA ) in the UK and has practised widely
in the UK, Middle East and Africa.
He has worked extensively on International Aid Agency sponsored projects in
the developing countries of North, West and Central Africa and the Middle
East in the early part of his career.
M.R. Daraie has since 1982 worked in the UK with a number of practices on
projects of varying complexity covering retail, residential, municipal and
commercial complexes. As a Senior Architect for a UK based consultancy he
has been responsible for a number of projects ranging from Restoration and
Refurbishment of existing buildings to extensive and Prestigious new built
Projects in the Middle East.
M Reza Daraie: QUAD DESIGN
AA Dipl. Arch, RIBA
Sultan Qabous Grand Mosque Complex - Oman
The largest mosque -In Muscat, that has a prominent location on the main
airport to city highway. Prayer halls, sahans, riwaqs., minaret and towers
are the dominant structures that have a capacity to accommodate seven
thousand worshippers. Additionally, the complex has cultural buildings:
library, meeting halls, administration, schools and shops. Carved stone
panels of calligraphic and traditional regional geometry enrich the natural
Guest Palace - Muscat-Oman
A desert palace inspired by the traditional Omani fort Architecture
incorporating three hundred rooms with landscaped internal gardens and
courtyards. Built employing modern structural principles and finished
entirely in traditional effects using local materials and skills.
Gateway and Museum - Muscat-Oman
Built in the midst of natural hills, is the gateway to the city of Muscat.
It marks the transition from the old city to the new. A museum for exhibting
the evolution of this historic city is accommodated on the upper pedestrian
level of the gate. Natural stone from the region is used for the floors and
Baynunah Hilton Suite Hotel - United Arab Emirates
Interior design of a city class hotel situated on the Abu Dhabi corniche.
The hotel comprises fifty bedroom suites, lounges, coffee shop, restaurant
and administration offices. The modem interior context is enriched with
hardwood screens, plasterwork and mosaics that are inspired by traditional
architecture of the region. Fabrics of oriental colour, texture and pattern
are used for the furniture and fumishings.
Private House UK
Refurbishment and interior design of private houses, from small family homes
to large country villas. The houses are designed in close liaison with
members of the family to produce dwellings that are responsive to the
family's needs. Careful attention is given to detailing and choosing
Quad Design Ltd
85 O'Donnell Court
Tel: 020 7837 3336 Fax: 020 7837 0729
April 5th 2001
With an expected price tag of around £65 million, David Khalili's home might reasonably be expected to earn him a fat profit when
he sells it. Sadly, though, even if a buyer offers the asking price Dr Khalili will be left seriously out of pocket - by £15 million.
The amount he stands to lose is enough to buy an entire street in less salubrious parts of London than Kensington Palace Gardens,
where his splendid pile stands. But Dr Khalili is not too concerned that he is about to sell what could be the capital's most
expensive house, and still lose out.
The Iranian-born scholar and philanthropist bought two houses in the row, numbers 18 and 19, nine years ago for £40 million. He has
spent a further £40 million turning them into one grand mansion, with specifications to make even the most demanding estate
Despite owning London's most flamboyantly expensive home, Dr Khalili, 56, is not a flamboyant man. He has lived in Britain since
1976, has an English wife, Marion, and three sons, and maintains a studiously low profile. An aficionado of Islamic art - he
owns one of the world's greatest private collections - he founded a research fellowship in the subject at Oxford.
In 1993, he offered his art collection to the nation on long-term loan on condition it was properly exhibited in its own museum. A
potential site, the Museum of Mankind, was identified, but negotiations with the Government floundered and Dr Khalili withdrew
his offer (although the collection may now have found a permanent home).
He has also set up international humanitarian charities, including one promoting peace and understanding between Muslims and Jews
(he is Jewish).
The Kensington project, he says, is an example of his desire to make a "major contribution to this country".
And what a contribution: 55,000 sq ft of accommodation; an underground car park for 20 vehicles; white marble from the same quarry
in Agra as was used to build the Taj Mahal (the craftsmen brought in to lay the stones came from the Indian monument too).
There is a complete Turkish bath in the basement, with a marble massage slab, spa pool, fountain and a swimming pool. There is even
a hairdressing salon.
Much of the detail in the decorative work has been copied from pieces in his collection, and it is said that for several years
there have been 400 craftsmen a day working on site.
Apart from the rebuilding of Windsor Castle following the fire there, work on Dr Khalili's mansion is believed to be the largest
restoration project ever seen in Britain.
London's most expensive sale so far is that of St John's Lodge in Regent's Park, bought by Prince Jefri, brother of the Sultan of
Brunei, for £40 million more than six years ago. Prince Jefri, appropriately, is a friend of Dr Khalili.
But despite all those carved cornices , the hairdressing salon and the spa pool at number 18-19, Dr Khalili stands to lose a lot of
money. Perhaps it really was just a labour of love.
Homa Farjadi will address the issues concerning the importance of
Architectural design in the cultural and physical development of cities. She
will also talk about the relation between cultural values and commercial
values which collaborations between the architects, and other and the
business community can produce.
Homa Farjadi is a principle of Farjadi Architects London and is also
professor in Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, department of
The practice works on projects in the US and the UK. The work of her office
has won international awards and has been published and exhibited
internationally. Recently their project for BV House was the sole project
selected from Britain to be exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art , New York,
for the Un-Private House show, was published in the exhibition catalogue and
is currently part of the MOMA travelling exhibition touring European
museums. Another recently won design competition is for a Â£25M in
collaboration with a developer for the development of a mixed use urban block
in Islington which involves a theatre, housing and offices
Homa Farjadi studied at Tehran University, The Architectural Association
School of Architecture, London and University of Essex for her post
graduate research in architecture. She has taught at Harvard University
Graduate School of Design, Architectural Association , London and has
lectured widely in international schools. A monograph on the work of Homa
Farjadi and M Mostafavi, Delayed Space was published by Graduate school of
Design at Harvard.