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13Chenar Residential by Mado Architects

This inspiring apartment building designed by Mado Architects is located in Tehran, Iran.

Description

The 13Chenar residential project referred to us when the construction process was suspended due to the client dissatisfaction. The building was designed by bubble deck system which liberates the interior from structural elements and moved them toward the edges of slabs. They just finished the fourth slab when they asked us to revise their project. We refused to design just a simple facade and proposed a serious set of changes both in architecture and facade. Because of the imposed structural system limitation in making hollows, we decided to focus on the edges of the building and define a hierarchy from outside in. In order to do so, we designed all the units requirements in the space between the core and the shear walls and considered the legal console area as a different kind of space. So we applied our layer concept to this added area. The layer concept consists of curtain wall, vault abstraction, window and shear walls respectively from outside in. All of those elements are placed on the 1.4m depth cantilever slab.

This led us to a flexible space that the end user could organize it all by himself. After that, we rearrange the interior and attune it with the new facade. Consequently, we had to change the whole mechanical system in order to work with the new architecture plan. So the residents can use the ring around their unit independently and have their privacy at the same time.

We believe that this kind of spaces that were eliminated from our houses decrease the satisfaction rate of our homes and by refunding these kinds of spaces to people we can easily reinforce their connection with nature and their own homes. This ring embraces the building periphery and gives every unit a distinctive characteristic. It also expands through inside the house spaces sometimes and enriches the composition of the facade. Subsequently, we designed a building that the residents themselves and their lives are the elements of dynamism with respecting their privacy.

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