Namak Abrood

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Name: Namak Abrood Residential Complex concept proposal.
Architects: Arash G Tehrani

Project Team: Parivash Yazdani, Mohammad Moazzeni, Abbas Havashemi, Mona Mirzaie

Location: Namak Abrood, Mazandaran, Iran.
Date: April 2013
Type: Residential Complex
Client: Iranian Atlas Co. (competition)
Building status: concept proposal
Number of blocks: 2
Number of stories: 22 & 27
Building area: 66265.7m2
Block A=28016.2m2, Block B=21988.9m2


About the Project:

The aim of the project is to examine and to challenge the design process based on the proposed theory, “Heliantus Tubersus”; which criticizes the design processes that use Model or sketch-based etudes to attain just an exciting design; Therefore the design process, examine the theory by folding the concepts that create the Text, and deformities which swivel each building shoulder to fulfill the requirements.

This project is the Concept Proposal for NamakAbrood Residential Complex, and tries to present a comprehensive proposal, by mentioning issues such as climate, weather, energy, society, functions, requirements and etc, just in scale of a concept project

Identity is created by concepts, not forms or frameworks. The value is blown into material through concept. One part of Attribute-orientation is to state that, contextuallity does not appear through form, and visual elements and motifs, and this project find itself as a part of this way of insight; therefore the design riches the contextuallity through problem solving, obstacle eliminate, considering requirements and using site environmental issues; and consider its contextuallity, Attribute-orientation and sustainability into concept layers, but not the form.


The Process of form:

The complex is located among an alive context (Namakabrood Touristic village). The buildings also follow the nature but they won’t imitate it. The buildings coordinated themselves with their environment and they implanted themselves with essential rotations and deformities. It could be the way that many of plants use to coping with nature’s nodes; or it’s like the way that insects use to accommodate their nests with environmental difficulties. Whenever the buildings needed specific perspectives or needed to use the environmental winds, they turned their body toward them. The Buildings turn their shoulder passing barriers and finding their way; they never jostle.


Helianthus tuberosus:

“Helianthus tuberosus” is a perennial from the Asteraceae family with flowers smaller than sunflower (Helianthus annuus). This plant has tubers which are elongated and uneven. The tubers deform themselves in every level of growth to get compatible with the rough and rigid environment under the ground. This deformity allows the tuber to survive but not to destroy.

The formation process of the buildings was alike to what the tubers do. The buildings started to design based on the specific criteria and rules, view and perspective, barriers, wind, light, shadows, circulation, access routes and entrances and also functions and they deformed and shifted in every level of development to reach the best condition among the project needs. The buildings will act as an integrated unit at the product, both in morphology and function.