There is more than a little Corbu in Rai Studio’s Villa in Darvishabad. Most strikingly, the house sits proudly on center-mounted pilotis — but this isn’t the only homage to the Five Points of Architecture. The interior plan is open and flexible, there is a large roof terrace, and the façade is free from load-bearing responsibilities. All that’s missing is the horizontal band of windows!
The front of the Asef Office Building is defined by its sun blinds: these chevron-shaped aggregations give shade and act as balcony railings and as plant containers for what will one day be a verdant façade.
Of the myriad reasons to appreciate the SIPAN Residential Building, two stand out in particular. Firstly, the project was referred to RYRA after the structural elements had already been completed, making it as much about adaptation as it is about design prowess. Secondly, the material of stone is associated chiefly with the ancient monuments of Iran, which makes the decision to reintroduce it with a contemporary vocabulary all the more important.
Like the SIPAN building, the Kahrizak Residential Building was not built ex novo – it grew from two stories of an aborted apartment complex in the poorest southern reach of Tehran. CAAT Architecture Studio expanded the existing structure vertically and added a grid to the façade, the apertures of which were filled with one of 21 brick expressions.
Shahkaram Office Building by Hooman Balazadeh, Kalaj, Iran
The face of the Shahkaram Office building is an exercise in playful modulation. The 14 floors have been grouped into seven rows of giant squares (featuring two different types of decorative Iranian Orosi windows), which have been cut and rearranged.
While admiring the handsomely cloven façade, we must bear in mind that this, in fact, represents only three-fifths of a house. Floors four and five, which will elongate the already dramatic front, are to be added when the two children of the house-builders reach adulthood.
The Baranoosh Residential building features a number of interesting details: the fluttering grid of the stone cladding, for instance, or the balcony railings that appear uniform yet are unique for each apartment. A particular favorite is the moment when a façade piece has been deliberately omitted to make way for a planter.
From 2000 to 2016 the economic development of Iran was restricted by the sanctions imposed by the USA. In January 2016 the White House declared that Iran fulfilled all necessary steps and the sanctions were cleared. Now the country is facing a new epoch of positive changes. It will lead to industrialization of economy and rise in architecture.