Milad Tower is the sixth tallest telecommunications tower and the 15th tallest freestanding structure in the world. Second only to Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the Middle East’s tallest tower, this 435-meter tower is visible from almost any location in Tehran and has become one of the main symbols of the Iranian capital.
Erected in a 14,000-hectare plot, the tower has been designed to withstand the strongest of earthquakes and consists of five parts: foundation, lobby, shaft, head and antenna mast.
The lobby structure consists of six floors. The first two basement floors contain administrative offices and maintenance, repair and operations centers. The ground floor is the entrance of the tower and has ticket booths, security stations, a 3D cinema, concession stands, escalators and elevators. The six escalators on this level can transport up to 9,000 people every day.
The first floor is a gallery level that showcases artworks and art installations. The second floor has a 10s of shops that offer goods ranging from leather products and jewelry to handicrafts and pastry. The third floor has a food court which offers a variety of international and Persian dishes as well as fast food options.
The shaft is an octagonal concrete structure, which reaches a height of 315 meters, with 6 express elevators. Approximately 33,000 cubic meters of concrete has been used in the construction of the shaft. This shaft has no function other than allowing the passage of express elevators and sheeting wires. There is a stop every 12 floors, which allows maintenance workers to carry out inspections and necessary repair work.
The tower has 25,000-ton head with 12 floors and two elevators at the center. The head of the tower has an area of 12,000 square meters and a fireproof zone, which can accommodate up to 600 people in time of emergency. The head structure also includes a closed and an open observation deck, a cafeteria, a revolving restaurant, a VIP restaurant, a public art gallery and a sky dome.
The antenna mast is the final part of this gargantuan structure. The mast is 120 meters tall, weighs 350 tons and is made of 360,000 pieces and steel and nuts and bolts.
The Milad Tower Compound includes a laserium, cycling road, paintball club, skating rink, a fish spa, multi-level parking facilities, a dolphinarium, a food court, a mosque, a shopping center and coffee shops. A five-star hotel is being constructed on the compound.