TraMod PROJECTS: Bricks in Modern Layers

How to use traditional materials and technics in a new form and combination is one of the most important design questions which designers are looking for nowadays. Koohsar residential apartment, designed by Ashari Architects, is located in front of a mountain and in close proximity to its hillside. The building envelope conceals a portion of the mountain scene, and in order to visually assimilate the mountain scene behind the building and the building façade, the design team initiated an approach to blend in the proposed building. The brick material used for the building facade was chosen to complement the hue of the mountain in the distance. The brick pattern simulates a bottom-to-top movement and attracts the visitor’s attention to the background, and provides a seamless foreground

Since the building is located at a high elevation of the city, a few enlarged and deep boxes are utilized to emphasize the building form. These boxes mitigate the southern light and additionally create an intriguing frame of the city from the interior space. The building’s land is limited to provide an entrance and receives sunlight from the southern side since it is attached to the adjacent buildings on three sides

In order to deliver sufficient sunlight to the private rooms and provide a peaceful ambiance, a setback was considered at the northern side of the building

There are a total of eight floors in the building, including two underground parking floors and six residential floors. Two residential floors, including two units per floor (one and two bedrooms); and four floors, including one unit per floor (three bedrooms).There were a few constraints to providing greenery on the ground floor due to the existing streets and pedestrian pathways. Therefore, vegetation was assigned at various heights (balconies) to avoid obstructing the flow of traffic

Project Information: Project Name: Koohsar Residential Apartment | Office Name: AshariArchitects | Completion Year: 2022 | Gross Built Area (m2/ ft2): 1300 sq. m | Project Location: Shiraz, Iran, Jomhori blv. | Program / Use / Building Function: Residential Apartment | Lead Architects: AmirHossein Ashari | Photo Credits: Khatereh Eshghi | Design Team: Ali Attaran, Zahra Jafari, Ehsan Shabani, Zahra Rahimi | Supervision: Amirhossein Ashari | Graphic: Zahra Jafari, Sara Nazemi | 3D Renders: Ehsan Shabani | Coordinator: Asma Sirjani asl | Structure Engineer: Tachra Construction group | Mechanical Engineer: Tachra Construction group | Executive Team: Tachra Construction group | Client: Rohollah Safari

Images Ⓒ: Ashari Architects