Apartment No.1 in Mahallat designed by AbCT

A contemporary residence that blends uniquely with its surroundings designed by AbCT (Architecture by Collective Terrain)

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All images and information courtesy of AbCT; © by AbCT; Images by Omid Khodapanahi; see detailed credits at the end of this article
The project utilizes recycled stone to connect with local traditions in a modern sustainable way.

This project is built in Mahallat, a small town in the center of Iran, where more than 50% of the economy is engaged in stone cutting business. By recycling left-over stones from Mahallat’s main stream of business, we are able to connect ourselves and our project to the unique context of the town.

The recycled stones used for the exterior create a subtle effect on geometry of the project, which consist of façade with emphatic angles. Slight roughness of mixed recycled stones creates somewhat warmer texture, effectively complementing sharply tailored façade. As a result, the project, which speaks the language of modern architecture, uniquely blends with verdant trees and surroundings of Mahallat, an old town which has seen more than a thousand year of history. Such coherent theme of locally-recycled stones is also reverberated in the interior of the project, where simple structure is accentuated by stone walls, creating a space that is expressed in a natural yet intimate manner.

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South East Exterior View

The energy intensive local stone cutting industry in Mahallat largely depends on fossil fuel. Huge amount of energy is used to excavate and cut the stones. Yet, due to the inefficiency in the stone cutting technology, less than 50% of the stones are utilized, and the rest of the unused stones are thrown away as trash, further polluting the natural environment. In this project, we recycle these left-over stones and use them for both exterior and interior walls. In doing so, we demonstrate how an architectural solution can help us preserve precious natural resources in a creative way, and significantly reduce the cost.

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South West Exterior View

This project is located in downtown Mahallat, a town where the architect spent most of his childhood. Such familiarity, and understanding of what makes Mahallat so unique and special to the residents, constitute the core quality this project brings forth.High construction cost and low selling price of residential units were big barriers for this project to happen. In order to solve this problem, we added some retail space on the ground floor, making the project financially feasible.
The project consists of retail space on the ground floor, and eight residential units on the four floors above. Two of these residential units are located on each floor and each of them is a three bedroom apartment. The coherent theme of locally-recycled stones of exterior walls is also reverberated in the interior of the project, where simple structure is accentuated by stone walls, creating a space that is expressed in a natural yet intimate manner.

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East Exterior View

These shutters can be freely opened or closed depending on weather conditions. During the summer, closed shutters can act as a cooling device by providing shades for the unit, whereas during the winter, open shutters can act as a warming device by enabling the sun to penetrate through the windows. This flexibility offered by these shutters will enhance the quality of living for residents, and will also help them to save energy all around the year.

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Night View

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Front Yard Wall Detail

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North East Exterior View

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South Projection Details

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Site Plan

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Design: Ramin Mehdizadeh

Design associates: Omid Khodapanahi, Mohsen Abrishamkar

Client: Ramin Mehdizadeh, Mehdi Mehdizadeh, Hosein Sohrabpour

Other associates: Hyeoun Kim, Hanna Lee ,Janghee Yoo, Namjoo Kim

Construction: Mehdi Mehdizadeh

Structure: Reza Mehdizadeh

Stone Affairs: Mehdi Mehdizadeh

Start and completion date: 2008-2010

Total built up area: 1300 sqm

Graphic: Omid Khodapanahi, Ramin mehdizadeh

Movie and Photo: Omid Khodapanahi

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20 Comments

  1. kamyar khazei

    wow.

  2. armin khoini poorfard

    perfect ramin mehdi is one of the best architectures in iran.wait for his other disighns

  3. good project 😀

  4. an Interesting and unique design.

  5. The wall is just like a beautiful armor.

  6. this is perfect design
    Excellent

  7. where is Mahallat

  8. Is it in Iran?wow !Ramin Mehdizadeh !good job!

  9. perfect

  10. Farimah parvin

    Perfect!!!!

  11. this is one of the best residential projects built in recent years, in Iran.

  12. fantasic
    man roozi chand bar az joolosh rad mishodam ama hichvaght injoori behesh negah nakarde budam.

  13. soheyla

    i like this

  14. mohsen piri

    I like it…

  15. m.ebadi mahallat

    you may see to credible this aprtement very nice and nice

  16. i saw it,as nearer as u think.vary unique and near my taeste.aesome..

  17. ibtesam pooya

    alliyeh zendebaaad iran….innovative and willfull… recycling the stone platform was just atopper although the facade cocept is interesting ,there is a slight discomfort between the techtonically composed stone articulations and wooden folding fenestrations ….however …faqath meisheh gofth …harf nadareh !

  18. I loved it so much…
    This is perfect

  19. akbar rasti

    very good

  20. Fatemeh Torabian

    Dear Ramin Mehdizadeh

    Congratulations!
    We’re all proud of you and your associates.
    I can find a new amazing idea with every new looking at your project pictures.
    Wish you all the best.

    Yours sincerely.
    Fatemeh Torabian

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