Milad Tower, Tehran – 6th Tallest Building in the World


The 6th tallest building in the world stands erect in the middle of the northwest of Tehran, dominating the landscape. Milad Tower, built between 2000-2007 and opened in 2008, reaches 435m (or about 1400 feet for the pre-metric oldies (PMOs) or non-metrics (NMs) reading this).

Milad Tower is a part of The Tehran International Trade and Convention Centre, which includes the Milad telecommunication tower offering restaurants at the top with panoramic views Tehran, a five-star hotel, a convention centre, a world trade centre, and an IT park.

Interestingly, the project was a pre-revolution design from around 1975 by American urban planner, Jaquelin Taylor Robertson. He was designing “Shahestan Pahlavi”, a 5-million square metre kind of town centre for the then-government. It certainly would have been the tallest building in the world at that time, I suppose.

Anyway, political events overtook the building, and construction of the Shahestan Pahlavi was halted in 1979, Milad Tower being the only part of the initial Robertson-proposed plan subsequently built.

Construction began in 2000, took 7 years to build, and was number 4 in the world when finished. I suspect a few of those Chinese sky-reaching spires have overtaken it. The urban planner, Robertson, is well known (so urban planners tell me) and his other works include Val d’Europe outside Paris. He is one of Architectural Digests top 100 all-time architects.


2 thoughts on “Milad Tower, Tehran – 6th Tallest Building in the World

  1. Postscript from the blogger: a few readers have asked about the original urban plan for Shahestan Pahlavi, and why it was unacceptable after the revolution. The name is a hint: Shahestan is of course ‘City of the Shah’, roughly translated. And Pahlavi was the actual name of the then Shah of Iran. He was ousted in the revolution of 1979. So the plan to build a town centre named after him was, of course, not on the cards any longer.


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