Visitors' Centre in Qeshm Island UNESCO Global Geopark

Qeshm Island, Persian Gulf

Qeshm Island Geopark established in 2005 by the supports of the Qeshm Free Area Organization (QFA), Geology Survey of Iran and UNESCO National Commission of Iran. It was a member of the Global Geoparks Network (an ad-hoc under the auspice of the UNESCO) in March 2006, but Iran lost the brand in 2012 because of some mismanaging. We helped QFA to reapply for the brand of UNESCO Global Geoparks Program in 2016 and we retained it on May 5, 2107, for 4 years that is still (2023) valid.

This Visitor Centre selected by the government of Iran to be presented at 56th Arts Biennale in Venice Italy.

QFA has an Action Plan (by Eckhart, 2008) and an accurate Development Plan (Piramoon Architects, 2011) that both emphasized on the necessity of the infrastructures including new access roads, visitors centres, info-points, environmental signages etc. other than many of activities. This building is in fact the first multi-function centre in which especially serves the visitor, local children and ladies, and ecotourists intended to visit the most popular geosite of the island, The Stars Valley.

These days it plays an important role for promoting the concept of the Geopark for both locals and tourists. In this occasion, we highly believe that the project should operate by villagers instead of the government. We suggest that QFA and other developers in the future pass the same way for managing their natural resources and pay attention on their buildings feature as a responsible architecture because buildings can be addressed as educational materials.

Project code : 275-89



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