PROJECT GENERAL INFORMATION
Name: [In]Exterior Fallahatian Yard House
Location: Ghale Sarshir Recreational Village, North Zaiandeh'Rood st.,Imam Khomeini Sq., Pirbakran City, Isfahan
Architecture Firm: [Shift] Process Practice (Nashid Nabian, Rambod Eilkhani) [→]
Architects: Rambod Eilkhani, Nashid Nabian, Ehsan Karimi, Parnian Ghaemi, Dorna Mesrzadeh
Design Associate: Golnaz Jamshidi
Site Area: 1289 sqm
Built Area: 677 sqm
Structural Consultant: Pedram Mosahebi Mohammadi (Sarvin Structural Consultants)
Strcuture system: Concrete
Mechanical: Ali Ghanizadeh
Electrical: Ali Piltan
Project Manager: Dorna Mesrzadeh
Construction Manager: Pouria Shafiee
Physical Model Associate: Forouzan Farhadi
Presentation & Graphic: Naghmeh Asadbeigi, Mohammad Hasan Tavangar, Amir Fallahi, Mahta Aminali
Client: Farzad Falahatian
Photographer: Parham Taghioff
Award: 2nd place in Memar Award, in the section of Residential Individual Dwelling category, 2016
[In]Exterior is an exercise in challenging the well-established conventions of designing for a second home or a retreat family house.Conventionally speaking, retreat homes are conceptualized as villas in the park with a focus on maximizing the visual access of the interiors to the surrounding natural vista through transparent exterior thresholds of a solid volume.[In]Exterior is a family house located in a retreat village in the periphery of City of Isfahan.
The suburban context of the project offers no substantial natural view or meaningful topographic variation. Hence, the spatial organization of the project is fundamentally transformed to introduce two connected semi-courtyards. Instead of looking outward at a non existing natural vista or impressive view, the project is shifting its visual focus to the inner yards, arriving at maximum transparency of the architectural thresholds where the interior spaces meet the interiorized yards.
The redefinition of inside/outside relation is also deriving the material condition of the architectural surfaces. The commonalities of surface material and texture, both in interior and exterior voids, allow for certain level of ambiguity in differentiating the interior and exterior condition from a perceptual point of view.The spatial uncertainty in identifying the borderline between in and out is further established through the introduction of sliding walls that transforms the interior yards of the project to semi-open gardens.
Meanwhile, the introduction of the yards within the heart of the spatial organization of the house, allows for performative division of the house between the categorically different functions with private and public nature.