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Qannadi House

It is home to Mr. and Ms. Qannadi and their only son, in Karaj’s Mehrshahr neighborhood. It is a 2-story single-family house of 365 square meters inside a garden of 1000 square meters, in the neighborhood of Mehrshahr in Karaj, Iran. Modern Karaj has developed as a satellite town close to Tehran. Being the fourth largest city in Iran today Karaj benefits from a better climate, more water and cheaper land in comparison to the capital city. Many families in Karaj still live in detached single-family houses, and the neighborhood of Mehrshahr is the epitome of this lifestyle. The design of the residence is inspired by the typology of the Persian Garden and the challenge of this architectural exercise was to reproduce the concepts of Garden and Kushk within the boundaries of the site. The qualities that make the garden are preserved while the building reflects on the typology of Kushk, which in traditional Iranian architecture, represents a pavilion, open on all its sides to a garden, usually associated with pleasure. In this type of architecture axes are essential and the diagram can be summed up in the intersection of two perpendicular axes. The superimposition of the intersection of the axes of both the Kushk and the Garden interlaces them together. In the residence of the Qannadi family the imaginary lines of these axes have turned into 3-dimensional semi-open spaces that are lined up behind each other along their axis. These spaces intertwine the garden and the house, maximize the integration of the garden into the house and let light and greenery in. Because of this continuity, the Garden can be seen along these axes from anywhere inside the residence. Open and closed spaces find their place adjacent to these spaces in a way that does not obstruct the corridors of sight of the Kushk towards the garden. The elongated lot of the garden, with similar dimensions to the Persian Garden, has a shorter width which was limited for the needs of the family and constrained the cross-sectional axis of the Kushk. To remove the pressure, semi-open spaces have been added to the eastern and western ends of the building. After the immigration of the only child of the family, Mr. and Ms. Qannadi live in this residence and host their friends and family in different spaces of the Garden and the Kushk during weekends.

Lead Architect(s)

Mohamadreza Ghodousi, Fateme Rezaei Fakhr, Golnaz Bahrami, Sheila Ehsaei,

In Collaboration with

Navid Askarnejad,

Design Team

Payman Barkhordari, Azin Ravaei,

Graphic & Illustration

Somayeh Saeedi, Arshia Hashemipour,


Maryam Yousefi, Morteza Adib,

Structural Consultant

Afshin Masoudi,

Electrical Consultant

Pejman Moradian,

Mechanical Consultant

Ebrahim Bahmani,


Hassan Asadi,


Tahmineh Monzavi, Soroush Majidi,


Fereshteh Assadzadeh,