Long-Lasting Pioneering Work


Mercator One completed using façade made of recycled, end-of-life aluminium. With Mercator One, Germany’s first building that uses a façade made of Hydro Circal recycled, end-of-life aluminium has arisen in the middle of downtown Duisburg. The office and commercial building designed by Hadi Teherani Architects (Hamburg) convinces, but not only when it comes to sustainability. Copyright: Olaf Rohl

Hadi Teherani appoints Dr Christian Bergmann and Sebastian Appl as partners


Architect Hadi Teherani has set the course for the future at the change of the year: Dr Christian Bergmann and Sebastian Appl, members of staff for many years, have been designated as partners, effective 1 January, 2021. They have joined executive management at Hadi Teherani Architects GmbH, each in a capacity as equal partner, and shall be guiding the fortunes of this world-renowned architectural bureau from now on from Hamburg, Germany together with its founder, HadiTeherani.


Hadi Teherani: “With Dr Bergmann and Mr Appl as partners, two creative and intelligent minds stand by my side that I can always rely on. This is amply demonstrated by the results from past years – which in our field always means building structures visible to one and all.” In terms of operational business, Hadi Teherani remains unchanged as majority owner and continues to head Hadi Teherani Architects GmbH along with other firms within the Hadi Teherani Group in his capacity as managing partner.


Sebastian Appl has been active for Hadi Teherani in Hamburg since 2013 as Office Director and Head of Architects. He studied architecture at the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany and the State University of New York in Buffalo in the USA. Among other responsibilities, as project manager at OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) in Rotterdam he had previously been in charge of the projects Shenzhen Stock Exchange in China, Mercati Generali in Rome, and SSC in Doha.


As Senior Architect and Project Manager, Dr Christian Bergmann has borne responsibility at Hadi Teherani since 2015 for projects including the Flare of Frankfurt, the Volksbankareal in Freiburg, the Innovationsbogen in Augsburg, and the Deutschlandhaus in Hamburg. He studied architecture at the ETH Zurich in Switzerland and the University of Stuttgart in Germany, where he also completed his doctorate in 2013. Prior to his time at Hadi Teherani he was active at UNStudio in Amsterdam and Werner Sobek in Stuttgart in capacities as design and project manager. He is the author of the book “Designing Processes - A Strategy for the Future of Construction” published by Birkhäuser Verlag.

Dr Christian Bergmann: “I am very glad to set forth the work done until now in such a responsible position on a partnership level together with Mr Appl and Mr  Teherani. In the process we want to continue to set architectural standards which, in terms of their design and conceptualisation, seamlessly draw on such pioneering structures as the Kranhäuser in Cologne or Dockland in Hamburg.”

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HADI TEHERANI SOLAR off to a successful start


The solar industry is facing the biggest boom of all time. In 2030, 65 per cent of electricity consumption in Germany is already supposed to stem from renewable energies – a major portion thereof from solar energy. For more than 25 years now the Hadi Teherani Group has been addressing the issues of energy efficiency and photovoltaics. Fully in line with trends in the direction of sustainability and solar sources, the founding of the firm Hadi Teherani Solar GmbH has now ensued in Hamburg.

This innovative enterprise has devoted itself to comprehensive sustainability and economic efficiency. Hadi Teherani Solar provides seamless all-round service and implements photovoltaic projects for clients who won’t have to worry about a thing. Quasi from the planning phase all the way to the power grid hook-up. This is made possible because the solar company spun off from the Hadi Teherani Group is headed by an interdisciplinary and highly experienced management team. Founder and partner Hadi Teherani is an architect, designer and visionary in one. Managing director Thomas Münzel is in charge of the sectors Sales, Marketing and Investment in a capacity as strategist, developer and communicator. The corporate consultant has readily liaised and accompanied investments, corporate purchases / mergers and acquisitions (M&A) along with the capital procurement associated with them since 1993. Payam Hazin, managing director at Hadi Teherani Solar, is a mechanical engineer and inventor, a co-ordinator and innovator, and at Hadi Teherani Solar he is responsible for the sectors Technology, Project Development, Project Management and International. The engineer has accumulated years of experience in the enactment and worldwide sales & distribution of large-scale photovoltaic plant facilities.

Competition for development of urban quarter Neckarbogen in Heilbronn decided


Neckarbogen, an urban quarter in the heart of Heilbronn, a city in south-western Germany, is readily making a name for itself these days through award-winning architecture along with spacious greened areas and expanses of water. 28 property lots are to be awarded during the second construction phase for Neckarbogen, a new district being developed along a bend in the Neckar river. “Very focused and intensive” is how expert appraiser Reiner Nagel described the analytical process performed by the evaluation committee in assessing all 176 architectural drafts. A particular role was played by both city planning and architectural criteria. “The concepts were supposed to exhibit ecological, economical and socially oriented alignments,” according to the wording at the press conference. Alongside Hadi Teherani Architects, among the internationally renowned architectural bureaus competing were such names as Alleswirdgut Architektur ZT GmbH from Munich/Vienna, Schneider und Schumacher Städtebau GmbH from Frankfurt, de Winder Architekten from Berlin, and Baumschlager Hutter from Munich, although regional architects are equally being given due consideration.

Visualization: Panoptikon

Hadi Teherani is being honoured with the German Federal Cross of Merit


Hadi Teherani, an enthusiastic resident of Hamburg by choice for nearly 60 years now, is being honoured as an outstanding architect, product designer, holistic innovator and cultural mediator with the German Federal Cross of Merit. The Senator for Urban Development and Housing, Dr Dorothee Stapelfeldt, presented the distinction on 9 December in a ceremony held at the Rathaus, Hamburg’s city hall. As justification for this esteemed decoration, the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, states:



“Time and again, projects by Hadi Teherani reflect an inspiration and complexity which frequently have their origins in Iran, his birthplace. These factors, together with the characteristic cultural features of respective project locations, allow him to create something new, out of the ordinary, and yet still achieve popularity thereby. His role as ‘cultural mediator’, perhaps even as role model for integration, holds great significance, particularly at the present time. Not least of all, a staff of men and women from 15 nations work at his offices in Hamburg.


As his working career began, Hadi Teherani readily built structures that made their mark on the urban landscape, especially in Hamburg. They include the ‘Berliner Bogen’, the dancing towers of the ‘Tanzende Türme’, ‘Dockland’, or the design for the metro stations on the new U5 line. In Cologne he equally created an internationally acknowledged landmark that characterises the cityscape, the ‘Kranhäuser’ crane houses. Numbered among the metropolises where his work is both recognised and in demand are Abu Dhabi, with the largest university in the Near East, Berlin, Dubai, London, Moscow, Mumbai, Rome, Tehran and Tokyo.


The draft designs by Hadi Teherani that have been effected are bold, radical, urbane, sustainable, and unique within the synthesis of dimensions from urban construction to product design. Through his own product design ranging from furniture to flooring, Hadi Teherani goes far beyond the realm of architecture to reach an overall experience atmospherically designed down to the last detail. Dynamic shapes, expressive elements and a simultaneously minimalistic restraint are, in this sense, solely elements of his work that make their impact from the outside.


More important to Hadi Teherani for quite some time now are the renewable energies he integrated into buildings at a pioneeringly early stage. In that same vein he founded the firm Hadi Teherani Solar. The long-distance railway station at Frankfurt Airport was the first ‘warm’ railway station in Europe, and consequently the first not dependent on weather all the way to the tracks. His commitment in the fields of architecture and design along with the realisation of his ambitious and out-of-the-ordinary projects are owed to the joy in communication and mediation he has had from the very start, and one which always involved the urban public. Speaking in favour of this are his membership in the Iranian community, being a member of the Free Academy of the Arts in Hamburg since 1999, as well as the numerous popular names coined by big-city audiences for his structures.


In light of the extraordinary successes on the part of Mr Teherani in the areas of holistic design, sustainability, communication and creative industry that transcend the borders of specialised fields, he is being decorated with the Federal Cross of Merit.”


Photographer: Martin Hass

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