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The Light in the Shadows

Courtyard shadows over the enclosed Iwan

Courtyard shadows over the enclosed Iwan

Architecture is an integral part of everyday life and an active agent in shaping culture. My architecture is about shade rather than light.
In Iran, we learn from childhood to stand in the shade due to the overwhelming heat of the sun during summers.

Iran’s sun is strong, creating too much light. As a result, our architecture evolved to help us hide from the sun. READ MORE

iwan : liminal shade

I was always fascinated by architecture as space to live, meaning; a work space, a living space and a leisure space. Having spent much of my childhood in gardens, I enjoyed the relationship between interior and exterior spaces. My life would shift from the inside to the outside of the house from summer to winter. The transitional space in between is called the Iwan (covered terrace); an Iranian architectural element characterized by a 5-sided cube opening to the garden on its one open side.READ MORE

Soon to be completed! Two Homes

Shahrake Ferdows Villa - Mazandaran, Iran

Shahrake Ferdows Villa – Mazandaran, Iran

Soon to be completed! Two villa homes located in some of the most beautiful landscapes of Iran.

 

Project I : Located in a region of apple orchards near Mt. Damavand 100km from Tehran, this design rests above its own sloping garden of apple trees and opens to a vista of mountains in the horizon. We aimed to preserve the natural and historical state of the area by leaving the garden relatively undisturbed while enhancing the views of the surrounding landscape.

 

Project II : Located in the north of Iran, this shoreline villa looks out across the Caspian Sea. One defining feature is the combination of the concepts of the Persian hoz and the Japanese onsen, in designing the central courtyard’s shallow pool. Likewise, a traditional iwan was included.

 

 

 

[Visit this project: http://www.firouzarchitect.com/#projects/house—shahrak-ferdows–  ]

Persian Architectural Glossary

ُُWe invite you to participate in this project to collect and correctly record the lexis of Iranian Architectural language. The history of Iranian architecture dates back to at least 5,000 BCE. Given this long, rich history of architectural practices invented and refined over time by Iranian artists and masons, this glossary of terms is relevant across the world. Architecture the world-over utilizes techniques and practices first innovated by the Persian civilization. Through this project, we can begin to conglomerate these innovations and designations to explore what there is to be learned from them. Further, the depth of intention behind architectural techniques and configurations becomes very clear with the vastness of vocabulary used to designate and define each element so specifically.

   

Persia is home to “some of the most majestic structures the world has ever seen” – Arthur Upham Pope

  

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