2022 | Tehran | Pasdaran st
Context and Terrain
In every project, the terrain and the setting are the main basis and starting point for our studio's design process. For us, the terrain is not only the ground where the buildings are constructed, but also, we analyze different factors to understand the land and its surroundings in each project. We assess these factors depending on how significant they are. Time, topography, geography, climate, region, culture, social issues, economy, etc. are some of the factors that can define the project.
This project is located in one of the most strategic locations in the Niavaran region, overlooking a big and open area of green land with a historical street called the Kooche-Bagh of Niavaran. A location that has seen typology of the old-style houses of the region, and nowadays demand that lifestyle with those socializing and laughter and the singing of birds and the sound of nature
A house is a significant part of the ancient Iranian culture and civilization, which provides joy and vitality to the residents in a stable and permanent connection with nature. In other words, the paradigm of a house is a combination of a building and a garden that embraces its habitants as well as its nature and engages all human emotions. Kooche-Bagh in traditional Iranian architecture and urban planning are original, artistic, poetic, and relaxing spaces that have valuable natural, literary, and cultural capacities. A model that is deteriorating in the current era with the destruction of gardens and distribution and excessive density, especially in a city like Tehran.
Therefore, we named the building " Kooche-Bagh " to be a neighbor to the trees that sit on our site and keep our imaginary garden green.
We wanted to draw a biophilia line that emerges from nature and associate with it, to define the architecture as a living model of the environment, and to honore the former Kooche-Bagh of Shemiran, which were once the identity of this area.
We kept the brick so that the building could preserve its modest heritage and not scratch the facade of the city. covered in green trees of different shapes and sizes, which with their shadows, are a reminder of the good feeling of the courtyards of authentic Iranian houses, or simply: Home. Our yard is large with short mesh walls to invite passers-by to take a breather in the shade of the building and tree.
The relationship between the building and the courtyard is defined beyond the open space enclosed between high walls; Beyond the conventional and ordinary yards that turn their backs to the street and the city and are afraid of seeing and being seen; Our yard is an Kooche-Bagh for us and our neighbors. We wanted to bring architecture to the homes of people who had forgotten the lost qualities of their neighborhood due to the style and trend of the usual constructions of urban blocks in recent decades. so that we could give the gift of nature to the citizens who were distant from the nobility of architecture.
Kooche-Bagh; Maze of Memory
The main theme of Kooche-Bagh's project is the relationship between man, architecture, and nature, not only from the point of view of physical connection but also conceptually and behaviorally. What we refer to as conceptual communication deals with human behavior through sensory experiences and perceptions in the face of architecture and nature. When facing a garden, the human body acts like being in a maze; In such a way that the space, having a kind of uncertainty of being lost and found, is out of the control of the mind, and instead, in these displacements and irregularities, the act of movement is recognized by the body and senses. The building also tries to create the same experience and the same kind of sensory communication and spatial understanding; For this purpose, the path is placed as a place of passage, an architectural object, and determines the event.
The project with many open spaces [represented in the form of a Kooche-Bagh] and the image it presents to the audience invites him to a game and gives him the freedom to engage with the space through the act of choosing and creating moments. slow to lead to the formation of memories, imaginations, and pleasure; In other words, the live communication that used to be defined in the Kooche-Bagh has now taken a new form by using common areas on each floor. The possibility of being together and playing and having fun and studying in the spaces overlooking the outside view shows another side of being alive in "Kooche-Bagh" sharing books in the library or sharing toys in the playroom while keeping parents safe. It is a new collective life experience that provides a different definition of neighborhood. In this building, the Narrative architecture or the entertaining architecture represents the story and presence in Kooche-Bagh.
Location: 3RD Golestan, Pasdaran, Tehran
Client: Eng Rasoul Jafari
Principal Architects: Shahab Ahmadi, Iman Hedayati
Design Team Manager: Ali Ahmadi
Interior Design and Façade Design: Niloufar Mohammadzadeh
Design Team: Fatemeh Arefi, Hanieh Mavvedat
Area: 13000 square meters
Date: Summer of 2022