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An Apartment in Guilan

An Apartment in Guilan

Honorable mention

Design information

Design name

An Apartment in Guilan

Primary function


Location of the project


Year of design




Design team

Pejman Tayebi, Nasim Alvandy

Lead designer

Pejman Tayebi


Construction team: Mohammad Ali Tayebi, Milad Safarnejad, Rabi Taji, Mohammad Rastgoo Mechanical (HVAC) : Shahram Roosta, Mostafa Sotoodeh Electrical : E. Parvaresh, Arman Omidi Client: Ali Jafari, Hosein Jafari


"Apartment" and "Rural country house" are usually two different concepts. vernacular architecture of the northern region of Iran is known with balconies around the buildings and wooden structure. The challenge was to exploit the vernacular architecture and restore this concept to the building that was supposed to use modern architecture. and use the visual and functional elements of local architecture. In the past, most of the local people would live in houses with balconies and semi-open spaces. But, now, the dense urban space does not allow it. And considering the poor view of the neighboring building . Therefore, this view had to be controlled somehow. To do this, first we rotated the balcony in a way that it could have a good view of the green space at the end of the alley. We also covered the balcony wall with wooden façade that would evoke the structure of the vernacular architecture. This wooden lattice wall became the foundation of the building's visual form and concept. The design of the peripheral spaces continued along with the overall design. The entrance of the complex, the lobby, the parking lot roof and the lighting of that space were also combined with this wooden lattice shell. Items such as rooftop entrance are typically considered as bulky and their role in combination with the rest of the building is usually ignored. In the design process, sharp roof was considered as a mass intertwined with the façade of the entire building. Due to the humid climate of this area, there was a need for natural ventilation, so the corridors and doors of the rooms were positioned in a way that were in line with the wind direction. A narrow opening in a closet located in the hallway helped to establish the natural ventilation. In the process of designing the interiors of the units, we decided to make the space as simple and minimal as possible in order to let the balconie and its wooden pattern paly the rule . Giving the the users and residents the freedom of choosing their own types of furniture, textures and styles of interior design. because In the project location, it's common to sell houses without furnitures.