Soheyla Ranjbar: Nestled in the lush forests of northern Iran's Mazandaran province, my latest architectural project is a mountainside home that fully immerses residents in the wonders of nature. Surrounded by the towering peaks, this sustainable retreat offers panoramic views of the mountainous landscape blanketed in verdant trees.
The strategic placement of windows provides front-row views of this picturesque setting. Modular walls open to outdoor terraces, patios and balconies, blurring the line between indoor and outdoor living. From the all rooms and roof, one can take in vistas of rolling green foothills and valleys stretching to the horizon.
Complementing the tranquil surroundings, the home’s design incorporates natural materials like reclaimed wood and big stones that are part of the structure. Concrete, glass and steel add modern touches, while large overhangs and native landscaping help the structure feel like part of the terrain.
Far from the bustling cities, this Mazandaran mountain abode offers an escape into nature's peace and simplicity. The songs of birds filling the forest, the whisper of wind through the trees and the dance of clouds across the broad mountain sky are a balm for the senses. Quiet moments on the patio watching the sunset paint the peaks in amber hues bring stillness to the soul.
Our desire to reconnect with nature has never been stronger than in recent times. In an ever-increasingly urbanized and technologically-driven world, this reconnection to plants can have a huge impact on mental health, helping people to de-stress and relax, to become more at one with the world. My hope is that this sustainable retreat can demonstrate how architecture in harmony with nature can enrich people’s wellbeing in our busy modern times.