AWE Office creates apartments with angular stone-clad facade in Iran

This residential building containing two apartments, in the Iranian city of Yazd, has an angular form influenced by vernacular cottages. Amir Shahrad of Tehran-based AWE Office oversaw the design of the Yazd Urban Villa, which is located in the city’s densely populated Koocheh Biuk neighbourhood. Koocheh Biuk is a relatively poor area that lacks a

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Alireza Taghaboni wins first Royal Academy Dorfman Award for promising architects

The Royal Academy of Arts has named Iranian architect Alireza Taghaboni as the winner of the inaugural Dorfman Award, set up to celebrate talent that “represents the future of architecture”. Taghaboni was selected by a jury including architects Richard Rogers and Louisa Hutton to win the £10,000 prize. The architect, founder of Tehran-based Next Office,

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Zav Architects designs Iranian house as a belvedere featuring open-air viewing platforms

Tehran studio Zav Architects designed this boxy house in northern Iran as a series of enclosed living units surrounded by open-air platforms and social spaces with views across the rural landscape. The property is located in the hills outside of the city of Minudasht in Iran’s Golestan Province, and occupies a built area of 298 square

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Sprayed render covers walls of rural Iranian house by Bam Architects

A plaster made of sand and straw has been sprayed across the walls of this house, which was built in a village in Iran by local firm Bam Architects. Bam Architects designed the residence for a retired man who wanted to escape the busy life in Isfahan – the capital city of Iran’s central Isfahan

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Elevated walkway bridges two parts of Iranian holiday home divided by swimming pool

An elevated passageway spans a swimming pool to connect the two monolithic blocks of this weekend home in the Iranian city of Karaj by Kamran Heirati Architects. The Iranian studio built Villa Safadasht in the city’s suburbs for a client working in the food industry. The building is divided into two parts: an entertainment area with a jacuzzi and an

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Concrete pavilion overlooks Tehran swimming pool by KRDS

A+Awards: next in our series of 2016 Architizer A+Award winners is a swimming pool in the Iranian capital, with a concrete pavilion by architects KRDS at one end to provide a changing room and spa facilities. Kourosh Rafiey Architectural Design Studio (KRDS) designed the Sohanak Swimming Pool and adjacent structure for a private garden in Tehran –

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Cultural and religious complex in Iran features roof shaped like interlocking fingers

A+Awards: this community centre and mosque in Tehran by Kalout Architecture Studio, which won a 2016 Architizer A+Award, is designed to look like linking hands. The Imam Reza Cultural and Religious Complex is located in the cultural district of the Iranian capital, which has seen a recent boom in contemporary architecture thanks to the lifting

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FEA Studio installs “cloud-like” sports hall in mountainous landscape of northern Iran

The corners of this aluminium-clad sports hall near the Iranian city of Bastam lift up from the earth to lend the irregular form a “cloud-like” appearance. The hall was designed by Tehran-based FEA Studio for the Noor-e Mobin Educational and Cultural Institute – a non-profit private boys school based in Bastam. Apart from a boundary wall and gatehouses, the sports

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Concave roofs collect rainwater for arid areas in proposal by BMDesign Studios

Bowl-shaped vessels would collect rainwater on the roofs of buildings located in hot and dry climates in a proposal by Iranian practice BMDesign Studios. Tehran-based BMDesign Studios – one of many offices contributing to Iran’s booming architecture scene – drew up the concept when planning a primary school in Iran’s Kerman province. Taking into consideration the arid climate of its site in

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Mid-century Iran villa by Gio Ponti faces demolition to make way for luxury hotel

One of the most famous houses by Italian architect Gio Ponti is set to be demolished, as the owner plans to replace it with a 20-storey hotel. Built in the north of Iranian capital Tehran in the 1960s, Villa Namazee forms part of an influential trio of properties by Ponti, along with Villa Planchart and Villa Arreaza, both in Caracas, Venezuela. The

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Monochrome Iranian holiday home by RooyDaad Architects is dark on the outside and white on the inside

RooyDaad Architects created this monochrome house as a weekend retreat from their practice in Tehran, and based its design on a housing model by Le Corbusier (+ slideshow). RooyDaad founders Zahra Armand and Mostafa Omidbakhsh based the design of their 135-square-metre holiday home in Iran on Le Corbusier’s Maison Dom-ino. This 1914 minimal prototype for mass-produced housing was a two-storey building that More

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Tehran office building by AWE Office features faceted windows and louvres

Faceted recesses in the stone-clad facade of this office building in the Iranian capital, Tehran, contain wooden louvres that provide shade to the large windows behind (+ slideshow). Located on a major boulevard in the city, the offices were designed by local architecture firm AWE Office for Nik Baspar, a company specialising in the production More

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Afsharian’s House by ReNa Design has a huge vertical slice in its facade

An angular white-walled gash creates a cavernous entrance for this house in the Iranian city of Kermanshah by ReNa Design (+ slideshow). As one of the latest examples of Iran’s architecture boom, Afsharian’s House was designed by Tehran-based ReNa Design for a couple with a son and daughter. The studio was asked to develop a building that could easily be separated into three distinct dwellings in the future. More

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11 of the best new buildings from Iran’s architectural awakening

Iran’s contemporary architecture scene is on the brink of a boom after the lifting of economic sanctions. We’ve collected together 11 of the best examples from the country’s new crop of buildings and bridges. Termeh Office Building by Farshad Mehdizadeh and Ahmad Bathaei Located in Hamedan, northern Iran, this office and retail building has a More

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Inward-facing Iranian home lets light filter in through a facade of wooden slats

Timber slats cover the walls and the windows of this house in Isfahan, Iran, allowing light to filter in without compromising the privacy of its occupants (+ slideshow). Designed by Tehran-based Bracket Design Studio, the house is one a of a growing number of impressive new architectural projects in Iran, in a construction boom triggered by the lifting of More

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Next Office builds curvy Tehran house that splits in the middle

Iranian studio Next Office has completed a house in Tehran that splits in the middle to create two curvy wings (+ slideshow). As one of the latest examples of Iran’s architecture boom, the three-storey Villa for Younger Brother is located in Lavasan, an area northeast of the city that has been referred to as the Beverly Hills of More

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LP2 completes Tehran office block with louvred wooden facades

LP2 Architecture Studio has used rotating panels and recessed openings to create flexible spaces for this office block in Tehran, where contemporary architecture is experiencing a boom (+ slideshow). LP2 architect Mohsen Kazemianfard designed the seven-storey-high building for Saadat Abad, a neighbourhood in the northwest of the Iranian capital that is becoming more and more densely populated. Tasked with creating a commercial property More

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Pale brickwork creates decorative facade for Iranian apartment building

As architecture in Iran undergoes a boom, architects Behzad Yaghmaei and Azadeh Mahmoudi have completed an apartment block in Kerman with decorative brick facades (+ slideshow). The two architects were tasked with creating the residential building in the west of the historic Iranian city, in a neighbourhood dominated by pale yellow brickwork and dark red detailing. Their response was to reinterpret More

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Architecture booms as Iran opens its doors to the world

Iran is “on the verge of a new era for architecture” according to local architects, as change sweeps through the Islamic republic following the lifting of crippling economic sanctions (+ slideshow). An expanding economy, growing demand for contemporary lifestyles and booming investment in tourist infrastructure are combining to create new opportunities for professionals in the once isolated nation. “Iran is More

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Undulating brick building in Iran encourages public to walk on its roof

The brick facade of this mixed-use building in the Iranian city of Hamedan merges with a wave-like roof that the public is invited to sit, walk or play on (+ slideshow). The Termeh building was designed by architects Farshad Mehdizadeh and Ahmad Bathaei to accommodate two separate occupants and two distinct functions: a retail space More

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Tehran apartment block by Keivani Architects features faceted window frames and stained glass

Faceted window frames project from the slatted timber and stained-glass facade of this apartment block in Tehran, designed by Iranian studio Keivani Architects (+ slideshow). Brothers Nima and Sina Keivani based the design of the seven-storey block on elements commonly found in traditional Iranian architecture. The architects particularly wanted to reinterpret the orsi window, a type of sash window More

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Iranian house by New Wave Architecture is made up of three irregularly stacked boxes

A trio of volumes are stacked one on top of each other to form this hillside residence near Tehran by New Wave Architecture, but each one is angled towards a different view (+ slideshow).  The Iranian practice designed Mosha House for a structural engineer and his family, for a steeply sloping plot facing the Alborz mountain range. To make the most of the More

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Perforated brick screens act as curtains for Tehran housing by CAAT Studio

Angled screens of perforated brick provide ventilation and shade for this housing block in Tehran by CAAT Studio, providing its residents with relief from the city’s hot and dry climate (+ slideshow). The six-storey building is located in the rapidly developing neighbourhood of Kahrizak in the southwest of the capital, which is populated primarily by low-income households. But the More

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Leila Araghian’s Tabiat Bridge creates new public space for pedestrians in Tehran

Iranian architect Leila Araghian was just 26 years old when she designed this bridge in Tehran, which features an assortment of different pathways that encourage pedestrians to “wander and get lost” (+ slideshow). Araghian’s studio Diba Tensile Architecture completed the 270-metre-long Tabiat Bridge at the end of 2014, five years after winning a design competition. It is currently More

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Wavy wooden shutters cover gridded apartment block in Iran by TDC Office

Wooden shutters can be drawn across the pigeonhole-style windows of this apartment block in Tehran by local studio TDC Office (+ slideshow). Studio founders Sara Kalantary and Reza Sayadian created the eight-storey block known as Saba in response to the “change in people’s lifestyle, development of the cities and the uprising demand for constructing high-rise buildings” in the More

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Ayeneh Office gives Tehran apartments a textured facade with ridged granite and slatted timber

Slatted timber shutters provide privacy and shade for this Tehran apartment block by local firm Ayeneh Office, and line up with its ridged granite facade (+ slideshow). Andarzgoo Residential Building was designed by Ayeneh Office for a site near Andarzgoo Boulevard – a lively, upmarket area in the north of the Irani capital. The block stands on […]

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