Chehel-Bagh residential complex
Tehran / Fereshteh
Taraz pey riz Co.
As an architectural typology, the residential tower is very much informed by the logic of operation within the real-estate market of urban settings. Due to the fact that at the moment of design conception the actual users of the spaces are unknown, such projects are designed based on certain pre-conceptions regarding the seemingly “normal”, and “standardized” life style.
40-Bagh is an exercise in challenging such preconceptions about urban life style of prospective residents of a residential tower in city of Tehran. An existing structure, is radically modified to provide the platform for a new residential tower typology.
In contrast to the normalized variations of residential towers in the city of Tehran, where the volume is the result of mere stacking of units with balconies that have similar floor plans, the project is the result of aggregation of multiplicity of unit typologies that all are variations of a “House-in-the-Air” architectural genome.
The aforementioned “genome,” is the result of a conceptual marriage between the apartment unit type and the house-with-front-yard type, both valid architectural typologies in city of Tehran. The resulting hybrid type of House-in-the-Air, allows for individual access to the interior domestic spaces from an elevated private garden.
The shared spaces are redistributed in the new proposal so that the pool is relocated in one of the upper floors and benefit from the panoramic views of the city of Tehran
The existing structure suffers from less-than-average floor to ceiling clearances. In order to enhance the qualitative aspects of spatial experience in the interiors, two closely connected but categorically different design strategies are deployed. Where it is possible, the structure is modified in strategic points to increase the height of the interior spaces. In the lobby, a reflective material condition is proposed to create the illusion of height.