Tara Villa is located in the heart of a natural landscape in north of Iran that has a cold weather during winters and a mild climate during spring and most of the summer, with a considerable all-year-long average precipitation. The project is informed by a traditional local practice for building rice silos; as the region is one of the main producers of rice with acres of rice fields, meadows, and forests. KANDOOJ is an open-air shelter that is built upon four supporting pillars with a hip roof, under which crops are stored between the supporting pillars. The type and its construction techniques have been massaged to perfection through centuries of local practices of shelter building. In search for a refined version of the “primitive hut” in its modern sense, the traditional type is re-appropriated to accommodate a contemporary spatial program; that of a modern cottage, used as a primary residence for a couple. The pillars are transformed to a set of four conditioned spaces that are connected to each other with a set of hand-operated glass partitions. This allows the ground floor to transform to a semi-conditioned social space on-demand, as operable partitions are slide to open up the in-between space of the pillars to the surroundings landscape. The hip roof that in the traditional version of the type is a hollow space is also repurposed to become habitable and accommodate the private section of the hut, that is, the bedroom. In this upper level domestic locale, one can enjoy the view of Alborz Mountain, the iconic geographical feature of the region. In re-evaluating the potentials and limitations of a traditional, non-domestic type, a contemporary solution with up to date esthetics, technology and material pallet is born and is embodied in Tara House.