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Sharifi-ha House / Nextoffice - Alireza Taghaboni

  • 01:00 - 7 July, 2014
Sharifi-ha House / Nextoffice - Alireza Taghaboni
Sharifi-ha House  / Nextoffice - Alireza Taghaboni, Courtesy of nextoffice
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  • Design Associates

    Roohollah Rasouli, Farideh Aghamohammadi
  • Detailing Design Associates

    Bahoor Office (Hamid mohammadi, Amir Taleshi)
  • Senior Consultant in Detail

    Shahnaz Goharbakhsh
  • Supervisions

    Shahnaz Goharbakhsh, Alireza Taghaboni
  • Project Associates

    Mojtaba Moradi, Negar Rahnamazadeh, Asal Karami, Majid Jahangiri, Masoud Saghi, Hossein Naghavi, Fatemeh S.Tabatabaeian, Iman Jalilvand
  • Construction

    Imen Sazeh Fadak Consulting Eng
  • Landscape Consultant

    Babak Mostofi Sadri, Omid Abbas Fardi
  • Structural Design

    Sohrab Falahi
  • Mechanical Consultant

    Hoofar Esmaeili
  • Electrical Consultant

    Mohammad Torkamani
  • Revolving Rooms System

    Bumat Company
  • More SpecsLess Specs
Exterior Timelapse Photographs
Exterior Timelapse Photographs

From the architect. Uncertainty and flexibility lie at the heart of this project’s design concept. The sensational, spatial qualities of the interiors, as well as the formal configuration of its exterior, directly respond to the displacement of turning boxes that lead the building’s volume to become open or closed, introverted or extroverted. These changes may occur according to changing seasons or functional scenarios.

Like many other urban plots, the land for this project had a noticeably narrow façade-width compared with its depth of its length. Consequently, our expertise in transforming a two-dimensional façade to a three-dimensional one became indispensable. Here, the openness /closure of the building’s volume is a reference to traditional Iranian houses, which would dynamically serve as seasonal modes of habitation by offering both a Zemestan-Neshin (a winter living room) and Taabestan-Neshin (a summer living room) to their residents.

Diagram 04
Diagram 04

In summertime, Sharifi-ha House offers an open /transparent /perforated volume with wide, large terraces. In contrast, during Tehran’s cold, snowy winters the volume closes down, offering minimal openings and a total absence of those wide summer terraces. In this project, the challenges to the concepts of introverted/extroverted typology led to an exciting spatial transformation of an ever-changing residential building.

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The House is distributed over seven floors: the two basement floors are allocated to family conviviality, fitness facilities, and wellness areas, while the ground floor hosts parking and housekeeping rooms. Public activities all happen on the first and second floors, and the family’s private life takes place on the third and fourth floors.

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The project consisted of four major parts; the fixed volume of the structure, the void, and the fixed volume and the mobile volume, respectively. When the turning boxes are closed, the building captures sunlight throughout the space of the central void, which also connects the two fixed volumes by suspended bridges.

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The house adapts to the functional needs of its users. For instance, depending on whether there is a guest or not, the guest room (located on the second floor) can be reconfigured for different purposes. Similarly, home offices and breakfast rooms (turning rooms on the first and third floors) can change the formality of their appearance according to their residents’ desires. In the other words, there is always the possibility of having different seasonal or lighting scenarios, some of which have been already considered in the BMS program of the project.

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From the initial design steps, we noticed that three pine trees outside could be incorporated into the spaces of the interior. Now, in the open mode of the house, the trees are pleasantly captured by the window frames.

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Stepping back for about three meters from the permitted construction boundary line allowed us to provide splendid daylight for the basement floors by inserting a glass fountain. The fitness and wellness areas are accommodated between the fountain’s two small basins, whose mirrored sculptures reflect the water’s radiance throughout the space.


The applied manufacturing technique for the turning mechanism was in fact a simple one the same method employed in turning theatrical scenes, turning the floor of car exhibitions, and employed by steel companies and the shipping industry in Iran. But as our client himself was into importing CNC and other similar industrial German machines, he preferred the structural system to be fabricated in Germany. In doing so, he could engage his employees in the manufacturing process and thus train them for future maintenance purposes.

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Details of the handrails and air-penetration controlling methods were major issues considered in developing the design of the turning boxes. Designing foldable handrails and refining the boxes’ edges happened to be our feasible solutions.

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Considering the specialties of this kind of architecture, the structural system was inevitably irregular. After digitally modeling the structure, a series of SAP2000 analyses were undertaken to examine static/dynamic performance of the proposed system. Being partially moveable is the dominant feature of this structural assembly, which was contemplated throughout the fabrication process by the German manufacturer company. The main loads all rest on the beams of the living rooms.

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Due to the various configurations the turning boxes may take, the loading calculation has been estimated based on the largest possible loading value applied to the system. Additionally, controlling the probable vibrations to prevent structural deformation in the turning boxes was taken into account during the design of the house.

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من · March 19, 2015

حالا چرا این ایرانیای عقده ای اومدن این زیر انگلیسی حرف زدن نمیدونم : D زبان پارسی مشکل داره یا شماها؟

Mahsa · March 29, 2015 01:27 PM

چون زبان انگلیسی زبان بین المللی هست و همینطور این وبسایت.
خواستن نظرشونو همه متوجه بشن.

mahoor · February 26, 2015

کاش اینقدر از رنگ سفید استفاده بیش از حد نمیکرد.واقعا فضا خیلی غیرصمیمی و یخ شده

fashion scarves · September 18, 2014

Aw, this was an extremely good post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort
to produce a great article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a whole lot and don't manage to get anything done.

Yogesh India · August 24, 2014

Truly technological n contemporary

Chickoo · November 10, 2014 05:16 PM

Amazing master piece of architecture. How to get licensing to build them in another country? Please respond. Than and regards

pedram · August 24, 2014

vaghean baraye noorgiri faghat enghad hazine shode? nemifahmam,ino nemishod ba ye kerkere halesh kard? hatman mane memar bayad be harfe karfarmam ke mikhad bege man ba in sakhtemooni ke misazam hastam, donya mano bbinid, cheshatoon darad,goosh kone? khili vase man ajibe, be onvane ye nemooneye namovafagh too payan nameye arshadam bekar khaham gereft hatman...

aida · March 15, 2015 01:23 PM

shomayike hanuz arshadetno tamum nakardin,va az harfatun mlume ke chegad az kare herfiyi durin!chejur be khodetun ejaze midin ke dar morede ye kare herfeyi va ye memare herfeyi ke chan sali az omreshuno tu in kar gozashtan be in rahati va ingad sathi nazar bedin.bad chan sal age kare herfeyi kardin biyayn sohbat mikonim,engari dar morede porojeyi daneshjuyi daran sohbat mikonan!!

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hossein safi · August 21, 2014

masterpiece.well done to you.I don't believe this project is made in Iran.I should go to see that

jalil · August 21, 2014


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M Ghaffari · July 31, 2014

Absolutely a brilliant idea and a brilliant execution. it takes effort and dedication To reach this level of refinement. Well done!

M Ghaffari · July 31, 2014

Absolutely a brilliant idea and a brilliant execution. it takes effort and dedication To reach this level of refinement. Well done!

Sajad A.Balderlu · July 23, 2014

After all; when you are not prepared to do something WRONG, you NEVER get something ORIGINAL.

Sajad A.Balderlu · July 23, 2014

Dear Mr Taghaboni NEXT project please.

Sajad A.Balderlu · July 21, 2014

Great JOB no doubt.

I guess the discussion is not about the project itself. When I address JOB instead of PROJECT I am trying to imply something beyond standard regularities and procedures.

We see a project well organized, carefully detailed and finished with acceptable quality.

I know Mr. Taghaboni for almost 2 decades (when we were classmates and roommates later) that was the time (late 90’s) we argued and finally agreed that urban design as an extension of architecture is a better way to use our architecture skills to serve the public for urban design was not for elite (of any kind )only and was comparatively economic in time and budget. That was in the past. When I say JOB it’s to mean something beyond ordinary procedure of design- evaluation-construction; has to be done to convert a PROJECT to a JOB. In this specific project a guy walks in to your office and offers a job to you to satisfy his/her egoism or show off his/her SES attitudes and easily pay for that. Why one does that?

Do we suffer lack of qualified Architects when we choose an architect among thousands? Nope!

It’s a deal between you and your employer to give him enough reason and convince the client that very small details are extremely essential to pay for, in other words he pays and you tell him/her what to buy it’s a common JOB. This is taste correction. Imagine that you are a salesman and the client comes to you to buy a T-shirt and you convince him to pay for a formal dinner dress which he will not be embarrassed with in a gale , let it be luxury who cares?. Everyone has his/her own community to show off with, But in every single step of mentioned procedure you have to fight to get what you know is right to be done and its impossible without influencing relationship between client and architect.

Mobility in architecture is not (at least in details) a new idea and using concepts like inside-outside , indirect lighting, using reflections, minimalistic simplicity are not rare ideas to find in modern Architecture even in Iran ,BUT what Our society (Iran) is somehow different than other developing countries . Pro architects know a very pleasant client how easily may suddenly repent and walk away. It’s up to Architect to pull client all the way and all the time to pay to make a common dream come true.

Thanks Alireza – this challenge is about WILL. Bows

Hossein Naghavi · July 22, 2014 11:22 PM

Stating the obvious doesn't clarify anything. The discussion starts after accepting such a project as an opportunity to realize something in our heads(too careful to use dream here), and thanks for bringing up the specificity of the project to Iran, because I do agree with that, and one of the bothering things here is that this somehow can look Dubaish. can't we say the detailing of the project conservative rather than experimental? isn't such a client a great source of money to research something that also the architect does not know from the beginning rather than a great statement. that's all I am saying, and I can say that because, I have worked in the office and what I learned compared to the energy that I spent is not comparable, thanks to this approach to architecture that does not leave any space for anything except an idea that one hundred percent sure should win

Hamed K · July 21, 2014

I think this project walks throughout its age and is completely aware of new changes in new context

Hamed K · July 21, 2014

Architecture, in an advanced modern definition is creation of space to a new manner. New experiences in new architectural paradigms urged in three millennium

Hamed K · July 21, 2014

A great work...

Sepehr · July 19, 2014

The two typology of introversion and extroversion in Iranian traditional houses is not only about climate but also about life style and deal with privacy. I think it is obvious in project that this house suggest different form and spaces(or typology ,as the architect likes) to the user and city...I think the text also mentions about functional scenarios , in addition of climate stuff.
Like it or not ,i thing project claim something in beginning and do in well at the end.

Zi · July 18, 2014

The concept of defamiliarization is a value in contemporary art, so if you can do it by spatial organization of a house (dealing with typology) or by its sensual perception by the defamiliarization of the concept of a house, it can be one of the many ways that architecture can take a step forward...

Hossein Naghavi · July 19, 2014 10:40 AM

I am not mocking when I say a house with flying rooms can be cool. I mean it is cool, and who am I to say it should or should not be done, and all the process that architecture is making is by crazy people who fallow such ideas, however first we should not attach climate issues to a flying house, and also not perceive whatever that's weird as avant-garde architecture. Normally architects have not been rotating their houses but their restaurants because we are living in a period of time that saving resources is an issue, and the answer that this project is giving to the need of having a space which is capable of transforming to another space with a different quality is the most expensive possible answer. taken into consideration the fact that the Japanese houses one thousand years ago have been giving sort of a same quality to their spaces by using a transparent moveable wall. this project is beautiful, cool and everything, but when one of these boxes stop working for technical issues in a summer in Tehran (ten years from now) the person who lives there does not have the maintenance team of a public building and will feel frustrated, because this house has been over designed and the intention of this over designing has not been a research about a crazy detail or so on it has been the need of the client to have something mind-blowing. so we can appreciate the project as a cool formal experience but we should be careful about where this approach may lead us to

Baran · July 16, 2014

Architect's feeling for materiality and space is present in all of his project,regardless of the budget of them.

Nahal · July 16, 2014

one of the best building of our generation...

Hossein Naghavi · July 15, 2014

I may rethink what this projects is, or wants to be, or tries to be. I Simply start my comment, with reminding you of the fact that it is possible to build up a thing that contains people and takes them to the moon for example and brings them back alive and safe. Should we inhabit these things, and call them a house? That's what needs to be reconsidered.
I think this is too obvious, even too obvious to state, that what this beautiful project tries to attach to itself as its personality by referring to terms such as "Tehran’s cold, snowy winters", is actually what if we want to radically judge it will be the reason of failure of not only this project but also this approach to architecture. No edge is cut, no crazily interesting detail is designed, no interesting research has been done. One may call this project waste of money, energy, and etc.(taken into account the difference that paying for gas will add up to the building's costs and the cost of building and maintaining such a thing) while the project tries to impose itself as cutting edge architecture that has moved boundaries of construction and/or architecture, has considered climate, and client's deadly need to be entirely enclosed in winter (as an Eskimo in the north pole not in the middle east), without accepting itself as a simple formal experience, as an object that has been mainly an answer to satisfy the libertine need of the client to luxury.

sajjad Akbari Balderlou · July 20, 2014 07:53 AM

Mr Naghavi
i am sorry to say you seem very excited and talking very emotionally about a simple and well done project .may you review detailing. criticism is not an art by it self, when we talk about some thing better to stay cool i guess ....or something special is bothering you about this project??!!

Zi · July 16, 2014 03:01 PM

A “House” is a place where its “user” feels completely satisfied in it. In this project, the employer has never had any concerns about traditional thinking, and his main request has been for the house to be avant-garde and special.
Introversion and extraversion in this project (open and closed boxes) is according to the employer’s wish, and the architect has generalized it to the climate issues (during summer and winter, light and temperature controls) and it’s not a wrong logic at all and so cannot be a reason for “Failure in Architecture”.
The boxes’ details and their rotations are really complicated and very well thought-out and have been concluded after a hard process of trial and error by the specialists.
This project is a good example of avant-garde architecture, and every special project has its own supporters and critics, but we should know that the important thing is the created architecture and not the amount of money that has been spent. Money has only been an instrument for satisfying the employer’s libertine needs for luxury, and one cannot judge this type of architecture by money.

Hossein Naghavi · July 16, 2014 12:55 AM

The above mentioned comment is intended to be more of a start for a conversation about this specific approach to architecture rather than criticism or eulogy

bahareh · July 14, 2014

Great job....

Ali Bazazan · July 12, 2014


Christopher · July 11, 2014

...I smell the rich culture in a modern dress...extraordinary....

Tom · July 11, 2014

Spaces are amazing specially the gym/ pool with huge void & reflections

Tom · July 11, 2014

Happy to see an original project in Iran

rr · July 09, 2014

Funny. But why should one ever close a box? Less is more!

aqil bahra · July 09, 2014

Great work

YIFAN Z · July 09, 2014

really really impressive!!!

Bassel Aswad · July 09, 2014

I admire the efforts and technical rigour. But the vanity here is unsubtle. Contextual responsivity never required mobilizing rooms!

Mehdi · July 09, 2014

MR. Taghaboni is one of the most talented architecture in the Iran and World.

mohammad Nasr · July 09, 2014

Looks like an office, not a house!
A mixture of an architect's dream in a single opportunity.

ali · July 08, 2014

one of the most expensive architectural projects of and bourgeois.nothing but to through money on problems and wishes

fv · July 08, 2014

Why not have the terrace available all the time ?

MaryamNademi · September 17, 2014 03:26 PM

I would say for privacy issues. in Iran you may not want your house to be transparent at night mostly, so ladies in the house would be with no veil.

Sepehr · July 19, 2014 07:28 AM

Because terrace is useless in more than half a year in Tehran .

sahand · July 08, 2014 07:25 PM

maybe the 1st answer is Tehran climate, but the real one is rich employer who wants some thing specific to pose.

sepehr · July 08, 2014

Perfect ...

azim · July 08, 2014


mohammad ali · July 08, 2014

very very nice

sadegh · July 08, 2014

Extraordinary project, Surely would be the project of the year...
Viva Iran...

Tda · July 08, 2014

Very interesting and original project! I would love to see more pics and details of the mobile boxes.


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