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Cheshm Cheran (Belvedere)

Cheshm Cheran (Belvedere)

Zav Architects
Gorgan to Minudasht road, Iran | View Map
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Private Houses
Parham Taghiof

Cheshm Cheran (Belvedere)

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The site is vast. It is located down the Minoodasht hills and has a moderate downward slope. The design of the project is very much informed by simple questions: Is it possible to preserve and enhance the site’s natural character, while appropriating it as an inhabitable locale? Can we ignore the temptation of putting an architectural volume on this fascinating field and instead, focus on capturing its stunning views?

The architectural volume is placed on a forgotten patch of land next to the rainwater reservoir and its positioning enables it to benefit from a panoramic view of the project’s greater context. To secure maximum connection with nature, the conventional circulation and spatial diagram for rural and sub-urban constructions is challenged. (Above diagram) Circulation and social spaces of the house are combined and misplaced to be situated around the habitation units as an elevated open space called “the Platform or Joy Lounge”, which was the result of our endeavor to impose the minimum intervention on the farm land that appears as a duplicated and elevated piece of land.

As such, each and every environmentally conditioned spatial pocket, or the habitation units, is endowed with independent access and view. Underneath, a continuous landscape is in full operation. The constructed landscape of the site, follows the natural contours and the initial geo-morphology of the land. As such, the landscape is a continuation of the farm and the hills, while the architecture, the elevated platform, operates as a viewing apparatus both for the natural and the constructed landscapes.

Materials and work forces: from local resources except the company of Avandad from Tehran city.

*By means of this project, one of the abandoned local stone mines was reopened, and about 30 laborer and master builder from Minoodasht get engaged with the project and found job. This effects regional GDP.

Material Used :

1. Avandad-Antolini/ natural Stone

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