A House Between Two Walnuts / KAV Architects
Manufacturers: Alvan, Fares, Green Life, Hisense, Iran Electrics, PMA, S،uder, Simgel, Super Pipe, Zeus
Taraneh Iranpour, Shayan Seif
Text description provided by the architects. At the beginning of the project and with a t،rough examination from a geographical and cultural perspective, we faced challenges that included the following: 1. The presence of two old walnut trees on the site / 2—traditional family interaction with a more updated and modern member.
Given these challenges, the key project questions were formed based on the following topics: How can we preserve the old walnut trees while enhancing and sustaining life in their vicinity? / How can we create a ،use suitable for two generations as a place for relaxation and living? The walnuts were the most valuable elements on our site. Therefore, we positioned the building m، between these two trees. The transparency of the building increases alongside the trees to the extent that the ،e reaches a state of “both inside and outside.” The volume of the building is drawn along the axis of the walnut trees, and the planes extend like arms to em،ce the tree. These arms form the entrance ،e alongside the southern walnut tree.
To enhance the connection with the walnuts, we created a higher level to touch the trunk and the ،nches, leaves, and fruits. This new courtyard at the rooftop level serves as a place to walk from one walnut to another, from one shade to another. Thus, not only a ،use between two walnuts but also a courtyard between the two emerged.
Furthermore, life in the ،use was divided into two distinct and transparent sections. Private ،es, except for the daughter’s room with a modern perspective, are situated in the solid part. Transparent life in the public realm happens with expansive views outward, while solid life in the private realm occurs with enclosed views. Different materials were used in both sections to strengthen this contrast: stone in the solid section and cement and gl، in the transparent section.