PROJECT GENERAL INFORMATION
Location: West Zavat, Chalous, Mazandaran Province, Iran
Architecture Firm: Rooydaad Architects [→]
Architect in Charge: Zahra Armand, Mostafa Omidbakhsh
Land Area: 300 sqm
Built Area: 135 sqm
Type: Residential, Interior Design
Executive Manager: Rooydaad Architects
Executive Team: Mahmood Armand
Model & Graphic: Mahsa SheikhAkbari
- 1st Place in 15th Memar Award, in the section of single residential Category, 2015
- 1st Place in 8th Iranian Interior Design Awards
- Finalist in Middle East Architect Awards 2015
- Finalist in Asia Architecture Awards 2015
We are an architect couple. In a large crowded city like Tehran, we design and supervise buildings. This is a full-time work, although pleasant for both of us. We had always wished building a place for ourselves, to spend the weekends away from the chaos of our over packed daily schedules and social life, or rest a bit there after our project due dates. A place to recharge our bodies and minds, and a realm for loving each other. A place different from our studio or even our apartment, but rather simple and logical as our architecture and ourselves. A familiar, comfortable, intimate, white place."At Golestaneh", a poem by our lovely contemporary poet, Sohrab Sepehri, describes this mental image really well. This made it the name of our home.
"Turfs of such vastness,
Mountains of such heights;
Golestaneh is engulfed-
in the fresh scent of grass.
On the other hand, Le Corbusier’s simple solution, a standardized two storey house, made up of concrete slabs supported on six thin columns and also a simple staircase, Dom-Ino Maison, an ever present ghost in the contemporary architecture' which is a perfect architectural prototype for an era obsessed with customization and participation, became the concept of Golestaneh. The combination of Sohrab’s “Golestaneh”, our perception of the space, and Le Corbusier’s Dom-Ino, a simple, quick, inexpensive, and of course potentially minimal housing pattern, became the haven of our peace and tranquility.
A house, which is the result of our own different designs and of all our architect friends, based on the six Le Corbusier columns. We located Golestaneh in the northern part of the land, opposite to the street. A house fronting a garden, making the small orange garden completely private for us.
We believe that a space with its neutral coordinate must be a gentle theme for the occurrence of place. Therefore we chose the artistic minimalist expression, accordant with the simplicity of Le Corbusier's Dom-Ino frame for the interior spaces; a reaction to today's architecture meltdown.
The purity, simplicity, and readability were reinforced to strengthen the sense of place. Minimalism, clarity in design, space fluidity, functional flexibility, and visual continuity, created a unified but rather fantastic interior design without any complexities, to the extent that a sense of comfort, attachment to place and memorability of Golestaneh is unbelievable for our artist and architect friends and families even for ourselves.