Nowadays in Tehran, people from the middle class find their home harder than before. However many residential buildings are built every year but their libertine construction is empty of quality and regarding social, cultural and climates factors are far from their construction strategy. So I tried to find a way to close the client`s business profit to a qualified building that responsible for its habitats` need and about urban scenery.
I think all the people have the right to use fresh air, brightness and urban view. So the big challenge of the project was to put all units on the south side. To achieve this, I designed 3 different typologies that adjust to the existing site. According to Tehran municipal rules for infill apartments, the occupation must be equal to 60% of the site and extrude it to multiple stories. So it means that the façade is without any cantilever or void and loose its volumetric identity and become very chartaceous. With dividing façade to 2 different parts in texture and shape and with the deeply recessed fenestration of the 6th-floor balcony that occurs at the urban skyline, I made the volumetric quality of the building and used shadows to enhance it. The wooden shutters allow light comes in and provides visual privacy while letting the ray of daylights come in and with this, I tried to accompany an energy saving factor with the habitant's ease. Also, wide terraces with transparent handrails help to modulate light and privacy while they control summer radiance. Although large windows integrate the terrace with the living room, these subtle interventions that occur with the balcony connect the exterior and interior environments.
The interior has been completed with artificial wood parquet and white walls to represent more spacious and luminous space; also accentuates its relationship with the exterior. With integration stairs with kitchen containers in duplex units, I try to save more space for living area and make open space.
At the end I used the barcode wall instead of a massive one because I think it is not only a divider between the site and the alley; it also provides more interactions between the building and city.