Villa Cheshm Cheran in Minudasht, Iran by ZAV Architects | Yellowtrace

Villa Cheshm Cheran in Minudasht, Iran by ZAV Architects | Yellowtrace

Villa Cheshm Cheran in Minudasht, Iran by ZAV Architects | Yellowtrace

Villa Cheshm Cheran in Minudasht, Iran by ZAV Architects | Yellowtrace

Villa Cheshm Cheran in Minudasht, Iran by ZAV Architects | Yellowtrace

Villa Cheshm Cheran in Minudasht, Iran by ZAV Architects | Yellowtrace

Villa Cheshm Cheran in Minudasht, Iran by ZAV Architects | Yellowtrace

 

Tehran based studio ZAV Architects have created a minimalist home outside of Minudasht in Iran‘s Golestan Province. At first glance, you’re likely struck by the surrounding scenery with its rolling hills, barren fields and vast, rural landscape. The architecture, while prominent, seems to take a backseat as though the structure were simply a viewing platform from which to experience incredible vistas.

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, courtyard, tennis court, gym, open-air barbeque pavilion and a three-storey home.

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.

 

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Villa Cheshm Cheran in Minudasht, Iran by ZAV Architects | Yellowtrace

Villa Cheshm Cheran in Minudasht, Iran by ZAV Architects | Yellowtrace

Villa Cheshm Cheran in Minudasht, Iran by ZAV Architects | Yellowtrace

Villa Cheshm Cheran in Minudasht, Iran by ZAV Architects | Yellowtrace

Villa Cheshm Cheran in Minudasht, Iran by ZAV Architects | Yellowtrace

Villa Cheshm Cheran in Minudasht, Iran by ZAV Architects | Yellowtrace

 

Gaps between the floor slabs on each level frame panoramic scenes from a series of interior and covered exterior spaces. This is particularly prominent in the corners of the house where there are no supporting structures or balustrades. Sure, the lack of safety regulations is alarming, but you’re rewarded with splendid, uninterrupted views… so, totally worth it right?!

To reinforce the fluidity between the inside and outside, walls and ceilings share the same light rendered finish and concrete floors are consistent throughout. The dwelling also incorporates local stone that “facilitated the reopening of a nearby mine and led to the employment of 30 local labourers and a master builder.” The material palette is neutral but successfully takes on the warmth of the sun and is punctuated by bold shadows throughout the day.

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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[Images courtesy of ZAV Architects. Photography by Parham Taghioff, Soroosh Majidi & Deed Studio.]

 

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Fenina Acance

Architecting away in Melbourne, Fenina is a shameless fashion, art and design fanatic who loves defying the relentless Melbournian uniform of black on black on black. Often spotted strutting a boisterous mix of pattern and colour, her eclectic love for the bold, raw and textured fuels her passion for design and contemporary art. When not indulging in Cy Twombly’s sensitive scribbles or Serra’s evocative sculptural forms, her love for everything Italian consumes the rest of her time. Whether it’s the language, design or food (especially food), Fenina is obsessed!

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