Artist Housing Design


The project site is located in the north of Tehran in the foothills of the Alborz mountains in Darake – a town known for its exquisite natural environment. Running through the site is the Darake river, which is one of the prime nodes of the town.

The natural environment and breath-taking scenery of this town has attracted artists for decades. With over 65% of the population being artists, Darake has become one of Tehran’s artistic hubs which accommodates numerous galleries, schools offering distinguished art programs, art printing houses and other related programs.


  1. Studies have shown that the personal and professional growth of artist’s is highly dependent on their interactions with each other and similarly the connections they make with members of their society through their art. >>>>The design proposes a communal space where artists can interact amongst each other as well as the public.
  1. Also, their residences play a major role in their artistic productions. Surveys have shown that the majority of artists prefer that their living quarters and work studios be in close proximity if not in the same space. >>>>>The design proposes a spatial overlap between the residences and studios of  the artists.
  1. Nature – however much limited – plays a major role in inspiring artists. >>>>The proposed live-work studios will provide maximum views of the surrounding natural environment.

        Conceptual Design:

  1. The majority of the site’s vegetation is located on the north and southeast. >>>>       The building footprints are placed so that the least number of trees are required to be cut down.
  1. Vehicular and pedestrian access to the site is available from the north, east and west parts of the site.  >>>>>Three unique entrances are identified: The east entrance is closest to the road, The west entrance is close to the  River, The north entrance is the main entrance into the complex
  2. The main axis of the project is demarcated by the main paths of access
  3. Surrounding residences are mainly single-family homes with maximum two levels.

    >>>>>>The design takes into account the topography of the site so that the proposed structures do not block views of the river while maintaining a minimum height of two levels.

  4. Three horizontal and two vertical axes – that highlight the movement paths obtained from the site analysis – intersect at three points. These nodes are used as central points for the aggregation of the proposed artist studios
  5.  Unit Types:

    a. One unit without a shared courtyard

    b. Two- units with a shared courtyard

    c. Three- units with a shared courtyard


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