In a city that is mostly build without “Design”, we have tried to introduce a new standard service of the designers not as extravagance but as a financially wise decision which opens up new possibilities in generating wealth and added value through design.
In a context that architecture is not considered as a viable business due to lack of a target market, we have tried to discover a market full of potentials, the market of “small lots. This is our try to “address the needs of” our society with minimum extra cost in return for the added value.
With such mentality, the architect does not have that much of maneuver in volumetric composition or even planar layout of the project. Thus, the design turns around the envelope. The goal is to maximize the square footage. What is left at the end of the day is the main façade.
Under such circumstances we have tried to incorporate the following set of design strategies that address the above mentioned set of problems:
Side Façade: Due to morphology of the urban fabric and city of Tehran zoning by laws, most of the time city lots are constrained between adjacent lots whereas depending on location of the lot within the context the northern or southern 60% of the lot needs to be developed.
As a result, side façades are not counted to be designed, it is assumed that the side façade is or will be hidden by the building next to it. Thus, almost the side façade is left as it is or at its best is finished with a layer of cement.
We propose a strategic approach (with minimal cost) towards such left over surfaces. A series of Glass Bricks are integrated in the composition of the side façade.
At nights, once the space behind the glass bricks is lit, the composition transforms to a series of bright light emitting dots on the dark back drop of the cemented façade. In day light, what one sees is an inverse color composition, whereas dark dots are dispersed all around a lighter back drop.
Shared/open space design strategy: Conventional approach in residential development leaves the open shared spaces as left over spaces with no design. Looking at urban fabric of City of Tehran, it becomes obvious that Tehran is a city that is seriously souring from lack of green spaces.
So, the court yard in our project is not left over spaces. They are particularly designed with specific attention to how use of greenery can add to the quality of spatial experience offered by the designed space to the inhabitants of such space.
Innovative Construction Techniques Combined with Choice of Cheap Materials: Our design commits itself to the goal of maintaining the construction costs to minimum while creating added value through design using conventional and non-expensive materials.
LOCATION: Tehran, Iran
PROJECT COMPLETION: 2006
CLIENT: Private Sector
SITE AREA: 90 sqm
PROJECT AREA: 315 sqm