PROJECT GENERAL INFORMATION
Name: A House in memory of Rostam
Location: Kordan, Albourz province, Iran
Architecture Firm: Sohrab Rafat Architecture Office
Architect in Charge: Sohrab Rafat
Design Team: Mohamad reza Movahedi , Negin asgari, Mohamad Shoghi
Site Area: 1950 sqm
Built Area: 490 sqm (250 sqm villa + 240 sqm service)
Date: 2013 - 2014
Civil engineer: Salman Rostami
Mechanical engineer: Ali Faraji
Construction: Hosein Goudarzi
Executive manager: Sohrab Rafat
Supervisor: Amir Khosro Ardalan
Contractor: Hosein Goudarzi
Photographer: Ali Daghigh
Client: Salomeh Golbabaei
Awards: 1st Place in Memar Award, in the section of Residential Individual Dwellings, 2014
The project is located on a 1,950 m2 land in a mountainous area, and is comprised of a 240 m2 service building and a 250 m2 villa. The client is a horse admirer and has selected this land because of the area’s potential for riding and raising horses. The project was named after the client’s ﬁrst horse – A House in memory of Rostam.
One of the project’s challenges was the collection of rain water and water from a spring on the northern and western sides of the lot, which swamped the land and went to waste. After completing necessary studies, we were able to collect the water in culverts and water features on site, and after ﬁltration, use it for the complex and for watering the landscape. What is left unused is directed to lower level lands through two recently constructed qanats (underground waterways).
The main villa is located in the center of the land, with its back to the service building, in order to meet the client’s requirement for separating the two buildings – especially the pool - from one another without using fencing. In this way any circulation related to mechanical/plumbing issues, tending the horses, or kitchen services will not interfere with the privacy of the villa.
Other requirements of the client or physical conditions of the context that affected the design Were:
- Untouched views of nature and the mountains, which desired an unobstructed view
- Direct access from bedrooms to pool
- Creating a sense of privacy and security while maintaining a close connection with the natural surroundings
- Locating the “public” spaces on the upper ﬂoor, which has better views of the surroundings
- Minimizing the buildings’ footprints in order to maximize the landscape
- Using simple, pure forms and material
- Short construction time due to local weather conditions and client’s desire for quick occupancy, as well as being economical
The above-mentioned issues led to the formation of the project as two pure rectangular cubes that meet the requirements of the project.