first_imgArchDaily Projects Apartments ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Cloaked in Bricks / Admun Design & Construction StudioSave this projectSaveCloaked in Bricks / Admun Design & Construction Studio Save this picture!© Mostafa KarbasiBrick has this unique potential to create a dynamic facade while using merely a single material.  The architecture is constantly alive, from both inside and outside. The facade’s colorful texture changes during the day representing different qualities of light and shadow as the inner spaces experience the same.Save this picture!© Parham TaghioffIn arranging inner spaces, privacy is still the main goal especially in the entrance where a filtering space is designed to provide easy access to the spaces especially the kitchen. This filtering space is inspired from the vernacular Iranian architecture.Designing niches between the columns provided the opportunity to host mechanical facilities, decorative objects and lighting. The location of the kitchen adjacent to the void, more than getting enough light, provides natural ventilation.Save this picture!© Parham TaghioffA ledge is designed in the gap between the brick membrane and the outer edge for placing flower-boxes and providing access to the windows from outside in case of cleaning. Balconies are placed behind the brick facade creating private semi-open spaces to revitalize their function. The plan is divided into geometrically pure forms in order to provide the potential to accept various furniture arrangements.Save this picture!Floor PlanThe design was an attempt to propose a prototype addressing the current issues of residential architecture in its region through bridging between old and new, proving how local materials and patterns can be used in new ways creating an architecture responding to both functional and aesthetic needs.Save this picture!© Parham TaghioffProject gallerySee allShow lessThe Blue Planet / 3XNSelected ProjectsOpen Call: Play Park Design Competition, Ballyfermot, IrelandBuilt Projects & MasterplansProject locationAddress:Tehran, Nafisi St, IranLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Area:  1100 m² Area:  1100 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  “COPY” Year:  CopyAbout this officeAdmun Design & Construction StudioOfficeFollowProductsConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsTehranIranPublished on October 11, 2015Cite: “Cloaked in Bricks / Admun Design & Construction Studio” 11 Oct 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Save this picture!© Mostafa Karbasi+ 28 Sharecenter_img photographs:  Mostafa Karbasi, Parham TaghioffPhotographs:  Mostafa Karbasi, Parham TaghioffPresentation Team:Mostafa Karbasi, Niousha GhasemConstruction:Admun Design & Construction StudioProject Management:Shobeir Mousavi, Amir Reza FazelConstruction Team:Mehdi Mousavi, Javad Shirmohammadi, Mohsen Hosseini, Arash Askari, Mir Ali Shafiei, Ahmad Esmaeel ZadeFacade Structural Consultant:Jalal SalehiMechanical Design:Sassan AlavinejadElectrical Design:Shahrouz JafariArchitect In Charge:Shobeir Mousavi, Amir Reza FazelDesign Team:Ramtin Haghnazar, Mohsen Fayazbakhsh, Marjan Rafighi, Bita LatifiProject Team:Ali Reza Fazel, Majid Rahmati, Bahareh AhmadniaCity:TehranCountry:IranMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Parham TaghioffRecommended ProductsFiber Cements / CementsULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Leioa School RestorationFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Ductal® Cladding Panels (EU)Fiber Cements / CementsApavisaTiles – Nanofusion 7.0Fiber Cements / CementsSwisspearlSwisspearl Largo Fiber Cement PanelsText description provided by the architects. During the last decades Tehran population has grown enormously, as a consequence demand for housing has increased dramatically leading to high land prices. In such conditions every feet of land equals to considerable amount of profit making a change in priorities. In contradiction to the past that the main center of attention was on human’s comfort and needs, unfortunately, making the most profit out of every project has become the number one priority, these days.Save this picture!© Parham TaghioffThe current housing developments tend toward a vertical growth and even though this pattern of housing is economically profitable for the builders and seems to be the only solution to the lack of sufficient land, it is extremely in contrast with Iranian lifestyle originating from their cultural and religious belief.Save this picture!© Parham TaghioffA key characteristic of Iranian vernacular residential architecture was providing privacy for the residents which in the past was achieved through an introverted architecture often formed around a central private garden with all the openings oriented to that and the windows were rarely exposed on the outer faces. However, in the contemporary residential architecture windows are opened to the public passage and with the vertical growth of the apartments, privacy has become a lost quality. An evidence of this claim is several balconies in the neighborhood covered by opaque materials blocking view from the opposite buildings.Save this picture!© Parham TaghioffThe design team faced several challenges:1. The structure was constructed by another team before we were commissioned the job.2. The strict building codes in Tehran.The architect’s role was to overcome the mentioned challenges to produce a design that addresses its users’ needs and reconceptualize vernacular precedents to create a unique architecture.Save this picture!© Parham TaghioffTo provide maximum privacy yet fulfilling other features such as moderating light, limiting view from outside, organizing chaotic experience of the terraces and decreasing high-traffic neighborhood noise, the solution seemed to be covering the architectural mass in a grid of openings. Brick appeared to be a proper choice since it has always been used as a local building material in Iran meeting environmental needs while creating numerous aesthetically beautiful texturesSave this picture!© Parham TaghioffThe concept for the façade is inspired from the surrounding neighborhood fabric. The brick texture is a reflection of the context’s chaotic skyline and the openings are located considering the pleasant and unpleasant neighborhood views.Save this picture!© Parham TaghioffRotating the bricks provided the opportunity to have various degrees of openings and the  rotation angles are precisely adjusted through a dialogue between inside and outside considering sun direction, daylight and level of distraction from the across apartments.Save this picture!© Parham TaghioffThe complex form of the façade, limited construction period and economical conditions of the project forced the project team to search for a new construction method for implementing the façade. The appropriate method seemed to be eliminating mortar by punching the bricks.Save this picture!© Parham TaghioffParametric design software facilitated the texture design process. Despite the complex form of the facade the construction process was easily executable by workers through simple instructions prepared by employing a system of coding. Cloaked in Bricks / Admun Design & Construction Studio CopyApartments•Tehran, Iran 2015 Architects: Admun Design & Construction Studio Area Area of this architecture project Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” 2015 Iranlast_img read more