Architects: RYRA Studio – Abbas Riahi Fard , Farinaz Razavi Nikoo
Location: Shemshak, Tehran, Iran
Project team: Ashkan Bagheri Aghdam, Navid Nasrollahzadeh, Yaser Karimian, Hamed Tabesh, Soroush Alipour, Hesam Raoofpanah
Project area: 60 sqm
Project year: 2008
Photographs: Persia Photography Centre
In the fall 2008 we started designing interior of Barin Resort at the same time we were working on the exterior of the project. Barin is located in the heart of mountain just about 1 kilometer from the Shemshak ski resort ,the second largest ski area in Iran after Dizin and about 55 minutes drive from Tehran. Here, nature is so impressive that we decided to take this as a demonstration project which investigates the interface between nature and architecture.
This purpose of the project is to show new ideas that help in modifying the relation between architecture and nature without blindly repeating vernacular models or copying imported historical styles .It aims to reach that the logic product of any architectural design process should be free and flexible formation responding to the surrounding forces. Natural forces here were Snow-covered landscapes as the characteristic feature of the region and the fluid lines of mountain embracing the building. In design process we were also inspired by Igloos, the shelters which are built by native arctic residents’, but here topographic layers instead of ice blocks are put on each other horizontally to make a domical form. Thereupon this was a Combined Metaphoric Design which used both natural and human-made objects as inspiration sources to achieve its final form.
Here, all the project necessities are defined in the main body to provide the space purity and integrity, resembling when snow lies on the ground and homogenates all the things from different colors and shapes.