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".