Tehran based studio
The dwelling is aptly named Villa Cheshm Cheran which means belvedere – and no, that’s not just a brand of vodka, but also a building type that incorporates a scenic view. The site matches the topography of the land and covers a vast area. The complex features a large swimming pool,
The ground floor of the house contains the gym, change rooms and the plant space and is embedded behind stone steps that tumble down the hill. The second level accommodates three separate, self-contained bedrooms and the level above consists of the living, dining and kitchen, while also showcasing dramatic views from the adjacent unglazed terrace.
Gaps between the floor slabs on each level frame panoramic scenes from a series of interior and
To reinforce the fluidity between the inside and outside, walls and ceilings share the same light rendered finish and
According to the architects, the design of the project was informed by the following question: “Is it possible to preserve the site’s natural character… and can we ignore the temptation of putting an architectural volume on this… and instead, focus on capturing its stunning views?”
ZAV Architects have taken on this challenge with rigour and their design certainly enhances rather than detracts from its natural context. Very impressive!
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