painter's house, isfahan, iran october 2007

plan and sections of the 18th century house.

 

several interesting things are happening here:

 

- the individual spaces have niches along the walls. a bedroom could serve another function during the day, mattresses stored away in the niches.

- the double height lantern above a small interior pool, a so-called bad-gir, is a device for climate control during the summer heat.

- there is no iwan, that vaulted space open to the courtyard typical of iranian residential architecture. my guess is that the main reception room which features a big glass wall plays the part of the iwan.

- the house effectively has no street facade, everything is organized around the courtyard.

- the formal spaces have their circulation along the sides. together with the intricate geometry and the lantern, this made the whole house feel like a work by john soane. architects will know what I mean by this.

 

anyone with a further interest in plans like this one should find klaus herdeg's "formal structure in islamic architecture".

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Taken on October 19, 2007