Apartment No. 1 / Architecture by Collective Terrain

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Architects: Architecture by Collective Terrain
Location: ,
Client: Ramin Mehdizadeh, Hossein Sohrabpoor, Mehdi Mehdizadeh
Area: 420 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Omid Khodapanahi

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The majority of Mahallat’s economy is engaged in the business of cutting and treating stone, over half of which is discarded due to inefficiencies in stone-cutting technology.

© Omid Khodapanahi

This project turns the inefficiency to economic and environmental advantage by reusing leftover stones for both exterior and some interior walls, and has led to the increasing adoption of stone recycling by local builders. The five-storey structure comprises two ground-level retail spaces and eight three-bedroom apartments above.


Its austere prismatic form is balanced by the warmth of the natural materials. Small windows are shielded by triangular stone protrusions, and larger ones have wooden shutters that allow residents to regulate light and temperature levels.

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Cite: "Apartment No. 1 / Architecture by Collective Terrain" 05 May 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 20 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=368321>


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    Beautiful form and great use of materials. Great project…

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    fantastic. great use of leftover stonework, and inspiring the locals to do likewise.
    very inspiring to see and hear some good news out of Iran. More please!

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