Alongside rural agricultural fields of Tabriz, Ayman Residential Complex covers 300,000 m2 of the city’s deteriorated urban fabric.
Considering the adjacent deteriorated fabric, the main design intention was to improve the socio-economic quality of the entire neighborhood. The majority of the residents in the area are the farmers working on the adjacent agricultural fields. Considering the context and the user group as the main design factor, it was decided to create an “organic neighborhood” for the city.
In the urban scale, the project is divided into two parts, the public zone (lower levels) and the private residential zone (Upper levels). The lower levels become a social platform, connecting the deteriorated fabric to the farmlands. This platform is provided to the neighbors to showcase their organic products as well as homemade handcrafts. This platform is flexible in terms of function and could host activities ranging from farmers markets to socio-cultural events. This opportunity not only boosts the economic development of the neighborhood but also adds value to the farmlands.
The residential fabric on the upper floors is independent from the public zone. In addition to the main private courtyard, the residential levels include common open spaces which are private to each cluster of residential units. Adapting to the traditional culture of Tabriz, each residential unit also includes a roofed balcony.
The contiguity of the public platform and the residential neighborhood provides a source of income for the residents of the deteriorated area and allows lower income families to afford a residence in the complex.