Name: Hidden Boxes/
Location: Hamedan, Iran/
Architecture firm: KaSa Office/
Architects: Yahya Kashi, Elham Sadeghian/
Site area: 248 sqm
Built area: 740 sqm/
Structure: Milad Shahbazi
Mechanical: Mohammad Mirzayi
Electrical: Meysam Shokrieh
Construction: Yahya Kashi, Mohammad Hajiloei
Graphic: Amirmahdi Shaterian/
3D: Saeid Shirvani
Photos: Mohammad Hassan Ettefagh
Clients: Tayebeh Artimani, Ahmad Samarian
The Hidden Boxes project is located in the south of Hamedan city in a place where tall and low buildings face each other. This project was referred to our consultation office in the context of contemporary Iranian architecture which is dominated by monotonous spatial structures.
“Hidden Boxes” is the product of history. Although the history of architecture has witnessed various concepts such as Raumplan, Domino, and Universal Plan, today’s architecture still emphasizes the production of monotonous spaces. This project began with the question as to how this spatial configuration should be broken down to create a new synthesis. Our focus was simultaneously on the internal issues of architecture such as spatial configuration, the Mass/Void relationship, relationship among surfaces, and the breaking of space as well as on the external issues of architecture such as climate, privacy, and the cultural needs of the subject of the project.
The central issue in architecture is creative organization of space. The traditional architecture of Iran constantly dealt with void spaces. Our focus on eliminating the borders of open, semi-open, and enclosed spaces led us to have a conceptual look at native residential types and architecture through their reading in the urban context and attempt to underpin the project with this approach that has been developed via historical investigations. We sought to break down the existing spatial configuration by separating the volume structure in the project partly through regular placement of spatial boxes and plates on each other and partly through heterogeneous placement of spatial boxes and breaking the plates. Spatial boxes are independent components that act together as a coherent whole.
Concerning the external issues of architecture, the main requirements of the project included controlling privacy and minimizing the degree of overlooking from open spaces. Moreover, the orientation of the project was in a way that two sides of it faced intense western sunlight, which created a lack of thermal balance in the project. As a solution, we decided to add an envelope to these sides and break the spatial boxes and plates.
In the end, we tried to redefine a residential space in the context of structural binary oppositions between the internal and external issues of architecture with a view to the history we have gone through.
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