The Alley House

Best Implemented Project of Private Residence

About the project
At it’s core, the design originates from the belief that every urban dweller has a fundamental right to light. Beyond that, it was a matter of responding to site, program and building regulations and constraints related to the project brief. The objective was to develop strategies for optimizing levels of natural light to the interior, but through solutions that would incorporate added value to spatial quality and emphasize placemaking.
As simple as the design objective was, the constraints and requirements dictating the design outcome were both challenging and restrictive. In order to unify architectural expression while also responding to numerous design criteria, a geometric network of curve pathways was developed which operate both as a design engine and framework.
Th Alley House comprises a site area of 124.00 square meters. The total built area is 262.80 square meters across 3.5 floors. Each floor has an average of 86.00 square meters with an average floor area ratio of 0.70.

Zeinoddin Town, Qom, Qom Province, Iran

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Applicant and authors of the project
Mohsen Marizad is a licensed architect in Iran and a part-time instructor at San Jose State University in California. His experience in architecture includes working in west-coast America and Iran. He taught architecture in many countries such as the USA, China, Iran, Spain, and Romania. He founded Marizad Architects in 2020 in Iran.
Marizad Architects is an architecture firm based in Iran. They designed and built several projects on different scales. They have won numerous international awards.
Project by Marizad Architects in collaboration with Ashrafi-Zad.
Design Team: Mohsen Marizad, Marzieh Zad, Raha Ashrafi

Other participants
Photography: Negar Sedighi


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