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City and Neighborhood Considering the dimensions and scales in the city, the building is divided into three blocks, they have fills and openings in order to sit well with the texture of the neighborhood and not seem rigid. Also there is a special consideration to its skyline such that each block has a tiny height difference with its neighbor and the one in the middle is much lower so when you look at the guesthouse from far away you only see one third of the building and either it works as a urban trace to extension of the public domain. Natural Surroundings From the main street next to the house, which is called Sarcheshmeh St. mount Sool, can be seen. The mountain has surrounded the city like a huge stone wall. Other parts of its hillside have amazing nature around the hotel. That’s why the gaps are created between the blocks of the building to have a view of this amazing scenery. Khansari Genome 70 years of age difference between the two parts of the house and vast changes in the field of aesthetic, made the architects design use the same Khansari architectural concepts and details but in an up-to-date version. The architects have used the concept of’ kuche – pass – kuche ‘’ pattern in the city within the building; this has actu ally continued inside the building and in the units and has strongly connected the city and the house. Introversion is also another concept architects considered here in a way that more emphasis is on the yard inside rather than the street. In Khansari dialect the word ‘’ khane ‘‘ (meaning house in Farsi) means room, maybe because all of the activities of a house was taking place in a room. Also rooms (khane) are usually opened to the backyard by a semi open space, and usually it’s possible to connect room to each other through door in between them. All of these characteristics have been used in the guesthouse unit apartments. Service areas resemble Khansari bazar’s corridors.


Memar Awards | 2011 | Third Prize


Contemporary Iranian Architects
Memar Magazine
Behind Closed Curtains: Interior Design in Iran
Architectural Guide Iran
Contemporary Process of Iran Architecture


Contemporary Iranian Architects 1
Contemporary Process of Iran Architecture (Chapter 02)
Behind Closed Curtains: Interior Design in Iran
Architecture Guide Iran
Selected Project- – AgaKhan Awards 2012
Memar Magazine No.70
3rd Prize- Public Buildings- Memar Awards 2011

Lead Architect(s)

Mohamadreza Ghodousi, Parsa Ardam, Fateme Rezaei Fakhr,


Akram Madani,

Design Team

Shahrzad Fadaei, Pouneh Sadri Manesh,

Interior Design

Mandi Amiri,


ZAV Architects,

Construction Assistant

Akbar AsqarZadeh,

Structural Consultant

Nader Shokoufi,

Mechanical Engineer

Ali Ghanizadeh,

Electrical Engineer

Ali Piltan,


Mohammadreza Rashed, Nasim Mosavar, Golnaz Bahrami, Hosein Hejrat,