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Inner Garden Villa in Tehran, Iran by 123DV Modern Villas

Project name:
Inner Garden Villa
Architecture firm:
123DV Modern Villas
Tehran, Iran
Parham Taghioff
Principal architect:
Liong Lie
Design team:
Liong Lie – Architect, Samaneh Rezvani - Project architect, Martijn Huits - Engineer
Built area:
1600 m²
Site area:
1100 m²
Design year:
Completion year:
Mohsen Haeri - Project manager
Interior design:
Structural engineer:
Martijn Huits
Civil engineer:
Environmental & MEP:
Tools used:
Marble, stone, metal, glass, concrete
Residential › House

123DV Modern Villas: This 1400 m2 high-end freestanding villa in Tehran is built against a mountainside, with a garden that is raised 17 meters above street level. The facade is cladded with natural travertine stone: a famous high quality local product collected from the Iranian mountains. The wish of the owners to park their cars underground, resulted in a 20 meter long tunnel below the garden, leading towards the parking underneath the villa.

The villa has 2 underground floors and 2 floors above ground. The lowest floor is at the southern street level, with a tunnel leading to the parking garage. Visitors enter the villa via stairs or elevator and a walk through the garden.

Inspired by the traditional Persian architecture - mainly the configuration of the courtyard houses and their microclimatic effect - a glazing inner garden with a retractable roof is positioned in the core of the villa, providing the building with enough daylight and fresh air on every floor. The glass panes around the inner garden guarantee that sufficient light is brought into the swimming pool area located at level -1.

A second insulated sliding roof protects the house from hot summers, when temperatures can reach over 40 degrees Celsius. Similar to the courtyard houses, the inner garden functions as an intimate private space with a pleasant micro-climate.

Purity and hygiene were very important themes during the design development, which have been considered in the detailing of the design, to facilitate cleaning and to ensure a fixed sequence of successive spaces in the wellness area (entering a corridor, then a changing room, then entering the showers) before entering the swimming pool. The special lighting makes the ceiling above the pool look like a twinkling starry sky.

     - 1400 m2, 4 levels (2 levels located underground)

     - built on a mountain slope (13 meter height difference in the northern and southern side of the plot)

     - core of the house is a fully glazed inner garden with a retractable sliding glass roof (7x4m)

     - level -1 is a wellness area with light coming through glazed floor panels 

     - level -2 is an underground garage with access to the main street via a 20 meter long tunnel

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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