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Barin Ski Resort / RYRA Studio

  • 16:00 - 31 May, 2016
Barin Ski Resort / RYRA Studio
© Parham Taghioff
© Parham Taghioff

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Shemshak, Iran
  • Architects in charge

    RYRA Studio - Abbas Riahi Fard , Farinaz Razavi Nikoo
  • Design Architects

    Ashkan Bagheri Aghdam, Navid Nasrollahzadeh
  • Area

    12000.0 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Project Associates

    Yaser Karimian , Hamed Tabesh, Ali Aashouri, Mina Vakili, Morteza Rahbar, Mustafa Mohammadi, Amir Khademi
  • Construction

    RYRA Studio & Problem Co
  • Supervisions

    Abbas Riahi fard, Soroush Alipour, Hesam Raoofpanah, Ali Zarandi
  • Structural Design

    Kamran Edraki
  • Mechanical & Electrical Consultant

    Azmayesh and partners
  • Room area

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© Parham Taghioff
© Parham Taghioff
Site Plan
Site Plan
Plan 06
Plan 06

From the architect. This ten-storey resort is located near Shemshak ski resort, the second largest ski resort in Iran and in only half an hour drive from the capital. In 2008 ,client requested architects to redesign a ski resort ,a cozy and warm place for young people to relax in after skiing out in extremely cold weather. When the architects were brought on board to design the project, the base build had already been completed .The main structure and ceiling had been built in a classic cube shape, but the architects felt the rectangular shape was alien to the naturally sloping mountain formation.

© Parham Taghioff
© Parham Taghioff
© Parham Taghioff
© Parham Taghioff

This location is defined by Snow-covered landscapes ,So they didn't want the building to be indifferent about its surrounding ,but as a part of nature embracing that. The Barin Ski resort picks up on the philosophy of designing buildings so that the form emulates the immediate environment in a fluid way. Barin ski resort looks one with the snow-covered mountain, almost as if windswept onto the mountain side, like an iced rock formation. 

© Parham Taghioff
© Parham Taghioff

The individuals rooms, 67 in total, each in a different size, from 45m studio flat to 270m penthouse, seem carved into a mountainous ice block like natural caves. Each cell which is in dome shape enhances the feeling of a warm, homely 'cave' to relax in after skiing out in the cold. The continuation of this design approach inside the rooms and corridors, which also have organically formed, as well as the pebble shaped windows that offer stunning views of the surrounding mountain range, all these factors make the Barin Ski Resort a holistic building that complements its natural habitat.

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ABruce · June 01, 2016

Very reminiscent of Gaudi's casa Mila. I think the façade is the strongest element here, the motif doesn't carry the same weight throughout the interiors for me.

epicpanda · September 06, 2016 09:15 AM

Agree on the interiors.

Xavier · June 01, 2016

Why no pictures whithout snow? You understand my question?

elham · September 20, 2014


Ghazale · March 09, 2013

congratulation,perfect project by your team!

muh2 · March 07, 2013

Great building. Great environment.
One question: How can one book an overnight stay in there? (And how much is it?)

elham · November 01, 2012

happy birth day zaha your my sample in my work and my life.

tourisme · August 03, 2012

Hi there, You have done a fantastic job. I'll definitely digg it and for my part recommend to my friends. I'm confident they'll be benefited from this website.

irsa khaleghi · January 10, 2012


Ski in France · November 14, 2011

No chalets, but stunning design in Iranian ski resort

Sany · November 12, 2011

This is wonderful. Great job.Congratulation!!

Andrés Meza-Escallón · November 05, 2011

RT @licuc: Yo creo que a @ApoloDuvalis y a @adapar les encantaría pasar una noche en este resort. // Lovely!

Johanna PérezVásquez · November 05, 2011

Yo creo que a @ApoloDuvalis y a @adapar les encantaría pasar una noche en este resort.

helen · October 17, 2011

congs RYRA!!but i have some questions plz explain more about the materials(inerior & exterior)and what kind of software did you work with?i think rhino isn't it?

Spa Torre Pacheco · September 21, 2011

Habitación futurista en un hotel de Iran.

Amirali · June 19, 2011

Congs guys! Glad to see Iranian contemporary architecture with such levels of standards being exposed at this scale. I do appreciate your concept and the care you put in finishing both exterior and interior details. keep up the good job!

P.S: it would be nice to see your website up and running.I'm trained as an architect in UK, currently based in Iran and thought it would be nice to develop further professional connections ;)

M y n a m e i s ,,, · May 03, 2011 @plethoraapp

Shabnam J · April 18, 2011

I too, was pleasantly surprised to see innovative work created by Iranian architects. Now lets see more where that came from!

As an American born Iranian I have wondered where the Iranian innovators are, and why we don't see more projects by Iranians pushing the envelope... so congrats to RYRA studio for this one. Now I know where to stay when I go snowboarding in Iran!

Adel · April 17, 2011

Thanks archdaily so much for publishing iranian architecture.This project wants to show new ideas but sometimes new ideas make the life worse for people who wants to taste these ones.

Ali · April 17, 2011

It's more than great to see such works from Iranian architects, perfect !

Red Wolf · April 16, 2011

Barin Ski Resort #architecture

elanora · April 16, 2011

Lovely project !Creating a memorable experience for winter holidays...

Cluadia · April 16, 2011

Amazing ....It is like a statue which has been elaborately carved out of a block.

masoud · April 15, 2011

why you dont show the exterior of the project.i saw that.i think its looklike antoni gaudi project.but its good........

Laura Machado · April 14, 2011

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mohsen kazemianfard · April 11, 2011

You guys have done a great job... hope to see more...

Aoi · April 11, 2011

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sara · April 10, 2011

Congratulation RYRA Studio!!im so glad to see Iranian projects in ArchDaily! i hope to see more!!!

alireza es · April 10, 2011

although you have wasted alot of space but the space is attractive.i like your ideas.

Amir · April 14, 2011 03:26 PM

At first ,It looks like this as I thought so,but after studying the plan you can see closets ,draweres and other equipments for living there are placed in the crust.The most occupancy happens in uplevel where is useless space...well done!

Hamid Moghadam · April 10, 2011

i like this project & congratulation for iranian architect

negin · April 10, 2011

I am pleased to see new Iranian work published on arch daily.
I think there are some contradictions in the design objectives and precedents of this project. You say you do not want to "blindly copy vernacular or imported historic styles." I don't think you're considering what you're saying here, especially when you then reference the Arctic igloo as your inspiration, which is an imported historic style. It's also a shame that the igloo and snow-like interior is contained within a box, which is slightly dishonest and not really akin to the way that "nature" shows itself, but which may have been a decision based on financial issues or planning issues? which is understandable. I think if you're serious about the relationship between architecture and nature then ideas must be pushed further as this is still a bit of a one-liner. Depends how seriously you take yourselves though. Not a bad start.

RYRA · May 09, 2011 05:57 PM

We are pleased to see Iranian criticize works here, but we will be more if they do it correctly.
Igloo like hut and tent is a type of shelter with a generic method not a historic style, You should know about Historic Architectural Styles which have a clear definition- a classification method which emerges from the study of the evolution in history of architecture- they begin with prehistoric styles and lead to ones like Blobitecture today. However, the main issue here is not the "Historic style" but "blindly copying, which has no similarity with metaphoric design. What we did here was using igloo as a reference, the use of 'references'- images of natural and artificial forms- is frequently discussed in accounts of architectural designing. All discuss the use of references as visual analogs and metaphors.
And about the second issue, this project was referred to us when the structures and ceilings were built. Thus this box was what we had at the first step. Obviously ,if we could design it since beginning, the result would be different ,but it was a challenging case for us to transform a cubic form to something more relevant to its location and function.

Travel Writer · April 10, 2011

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up_today_arch · April 10, 2011

it is chalenge of course, to transform regular appart. to such impressive solution...

Hume Internationale · April 10, 2011

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Arash Dailami · April 10, 2011

Congratulations!nice to see your project here in Archdaily.Of course here you'll be judged much better.

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ali asadi · April 09, 2011

congratulation! Ryra studio!
for this nice project


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