salar tahrirchi

elaborate hierarchy

architectural design II


“it feels like home”, what does this sentence imply? which qualities should a residential building meet to be felt like home for a person? a great number of studies show that we must seek the desired qualities in local and even personal cognition. it is obvious that there is no simple answer which applies to every situation. this highlights the need for recognizing the user’s sentiments and attitudes towards a building. therefore, it was proposed to design a three-unit building for three relatives whom the designer is familiar with, so it gets easier to find the lost quality and revive it.


the purest form of residence is the first form of it when mankind took shelter in caves. one can clearly observe the hierarchy of functions in primary versions of housing. in comparison between the ancient and modern forms of housing in the region, it has come to mind, that the key feature of connection between open and closed spaces has been lost through the process of modernization. with this in mind, and also based on the personality of the future users, it is decided which functions should exist, what specifications should they possess, and finally how they should connect to each other.

design process

the hierarchy of spaces is regulated in three different approaches:
1. adjusting the relationship between open and closed spaces
2. evaluating the needs of each family and individual.
3. adjusting the relationship between private and public spaces.
at first, a base plan was drawn with the focus on providing an open or semi-open space for each person in private, with a companion, with the whole family, or with all other people in the building. in the next step in accordance with the future residents, every needed space is cut out of cardboard with approximate dimensions and then the game of puzzle-solving begins. each one of these rectangles represents a function in the house specified for each family and they must be put together in a way that provides the best outcome.