Iranian architect Pouya Khazaeli Parsa has designed the Villa in Darvishabad project for his own wife.
Completed in 2010, this contemporary single family home is located in Darvishabad, a small village in Mazandaran Province, Iran.
Villa In Darvishabad by Pouya Khazaeli Parsa:
“This project is a spatial dialog between traditional Persian Architecture and aspects of modern architecture. It creates an architectural space through the incorporation of modern architecture tenets with traditional Persian architecture.
I designed and made this house for my wife! And she collaborated in the design process herself, although she is a painter and not an architect. Therefore it was a good opportunity for us in this project to examine our new spatial idea! The house is located in a small village in north part of Iran, near the Caspian Sea. A humid green land which is in a high contrast with the weather of Tehran (the capital) and because of that reason it’s a location for people who live in Tehran to spend their weekends there (it takes just 3 or 4 hours from Tehran to reach there).
I have always thought there is something strange about people in countries such as Iran! There was a history of 4000 years in culture and architecture and in a short period after modernism everything changes. There are people that they lost their culture and didn’t understand modernism too! They just modernized.
What I try to do is to create a new architecture with new spatial qualities which is neither Persian nor Modern but at the same time contains both qualities! To explain, it in this house we have free space on the ground floor as the free space it exist in modern architecture ( I mean roots of modern architecture). On the other hand we have a kind of space surrounded by walls on top (the second floor)! This space opens toward the center, opens in a vertical direction toward the sky and the ground, a quality that you can find almost in all types of Persian architecture. But the interesting part is the space in the middle (first floor), in fact as this modern space on the ground floor and this Persian space in the second floor start a dialog, a new space born in the middle! This space has got both qualities at the same time but is completely different and has got its own personality, we can call it the Modersian space!!
There are some questions:
Question: How the two mentioned spatial quality start their dialog?
Answer: By the glass lantern and the light that comes through it.
Question: Is it possible to change this new quality of space created in the middle (first floor) to be more like the ground floor or to be more like the second floor?
Answer: The folding doors control this quality in the first floor. In fact if these folding doors are closed, we will have a central space with the light in the middle and a kind of concentration toward the vertical direction (Sky-Ground).But when the folding doors are open we will have a horizontal concentration and the free space.”
Photos by: Mohsen Jazayeri