Project Description

NOMINATED BY THE AGHA KHAN AWARDS TO ENTER THE PRESTIGIOUS AGHA  KHAN AWARDS FOR ARCHITECTURE, BMDESIGN‘S ‘ALIVE HOUSE’ IS LOCATED IN THE CITY OF ISFAHAN IN IRAN, SET AT THE FOOTHILLS OF THE ZAGROS MOUNTAIN RANGE ON THE EDGE OF THE DESERT. IT HAS AN ARID CLIMATE WITH LITTLE RAINFALL AND HIGH TEMPERATURES. ISFAHAN REMAINS HOT DURING THE SUMMER, HOWEVER, WITH LOW HUMIDITY AND MODERATE TEMPERATURES AT NIGHT, THE CLIMATE CAN BE VERY PLEASANT. DURING THE WINTER, DAYS ARE MILD WHILE NIGHTS CAN BE VERY COLD. WINDS BLOW FROM WEST AND SOUTH WEST. WINDS FROM SOUTH WEST BLOW THE WHOLE YEAR, WHILE WINDS FROM WEST BLOW FROM MARCH TO MAY AND AUGUST TO OCTOBER.

 WITH A ROOF TILTED TOWARDS THE EAST, IRANIAN BASED OFFICE BMDESIGN CREATES EFFECTIVE ZONES OF NEGATIVE PRESSURE AT THE CLIMAX OF THE ROOF HELPING TO VENTILATE THE BUILDING NATURALLY THROUGHOUT MOST OF THE YEAR. CONTROLLABLE VENTS, AT THE CLIMAX OF THE ROOF HAVE A SUCKING EFFECT, TOGETHER WITH THE LARGE OPENINGS TO THE SOUTH OF THE BUILDING. AIR FILTERS BY FLOWING THROUGH A BROKEN LINE OF EVERGREEN TREES, OVER A POOL IN THE OUTDOORS AND THEN BY PASSING OVER AN INDOOR GARDEN OF SNAKE PLANTS, WHICH IS KNOWN TO BE A GREAT AIR PURIFIER, AND FINALLY OVER A POND. 

THE LARGE GLASS FACADE TO THE SOUTH WITH INSULATED GLAZING, INVITES LIGHT AND VIEWS OF THE CHERRY ORCHARD AND MOUNTAINS. THE COMMUNAL SPACES ON GROUND FLOOR LEAD UP TO A HALLWAY WITH A LIBRARY AND A SMALL BAR ON THE FIRST FLOOR. BOTH BEDROOMS ENJOY GOOD VIEWS OF THE FRONT LANDSCAPE AND THE ORCHARD OPEN UP TO THIS SPACE.

 THE HOME IS FINISHED IN CONCRETE EXCEPT FOR THE DOUBLE SKIN ON THE SLOPED ROOF WHICH IS FINISHED IN NEW INVISIBLE TESLA SOLAR CELLS. THE SLOPED ROOF WILL PROVIDE A LARGE CONTINUOUS SURFACE FOR INSTALLING SOLAR PANELS 30 CM ABOVE THE ROOF, CREATING A DOUBLE SKIN WHICH CAN BE OPENED OR CLOSED. DURING THE COLD WINTER DAYS, THE DOUBLE SKIN ROOF OPENS ITSELF TO LET THE AFTERNOON SUN SHINE ON THE CONCRETE ROOF AND WARM IT UP, WHILE DURING THE HOT SUMMER DAYS, IT CLOSES ITSELF TO PROVIDE SHADE OVER THE CONCRETE ROOF AS WELL AS TO PRODUCE CLEAN ENERGY BY ITS SOLAR CELLS.

PROJECT INFO:


ARCHITECTURE FIRM: BMDESIGN STUDIOS, BABAK MOSTOFI SADRI
OFFICE WEBSITE: WWW.BMDESIGNSTUDIOS.COM
COMPLETION YEAR: IDEA
BUILT AREA: 550 SQUARE METERS
PROJECT LOCATION: ISFAHAN, IRAN
TYPE: RESIDENTIAL
CLIENT: MR. AND MRS. ALAVI
LEAD DESIGNER: BABAK MOSTOFI SADRI
DESIGN TEAM: DENA LEVI BAKHTIARI, NAZANIN ESFAHANIAN, MARZIEH REZAZADEH, SOHA K. POUL
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: ALI KARAMI

MODEL: FATEMEH MONFARED
MANUFACTURERS / PRODUCTS: TESLA, FLOS, NSV