Ara Apartments

Best Project of Residential Estate

About the project
Local settlements in northern Iran formed by a simple adaptation of the nature, geography and climate of that region. The local architecture of this place is so intertwined with nature and in harmony with the climate that it can be called naturalistic architecture. We are looking to redefining the region's former architecture, which needs protection, into today's language.
Extroverted architecture is a solution that is necessary to respond to the hot and humid climate of the location of this project. But in Iranian culture, introverted architecture is unavoidable therefore, in this residential apartment where several families live together and also have common spaces, providing a response to introversion and extroversion at the same time has been considered.
Extreme use of the porch refers to the deep structures of the Iranian architecture.

Salman Shahr, Mazandaran Province, Iran

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Applicant and authors of the project
Saeed Shenakhteh is an Iranian architect. His portfolio includes product design, interior design, and redevelopment. His main field of study involves design processes and problem-solving techniques. He began his own practice in architecture 10 years ago. From 2006 to now, apart from his own practice in architecture, he works in his graphic design office. Also, he collaborated with other offices as a 3d artist. In 2021, he co-founded Shenakhteh studio in Tehran.