Weeping Willow Villa

Berania Office
3. February 2020
Photographs by Shaghayegh Namazkar & Mohammad Javad Niazy, courtesy of Berania Office

A green 2,000-square-meter garden is located in the Zibadasht region of Karaj, with a cottage placed in center of the garden. The client approached us to demolish the cottage and generate a new mansion.

Project Name: Weeping Willow Villa, 2017
Location: Alborz Providence, Karaj, Iran
Client: Farshid Alizadeh
Architect: Berania Office
  • Project Team: Mohammad Reza Niazy, Mohammad Javad Niazy, Shaghayegh Namazkar
Construction: Nima Sadeghinejad
Supervision: Amirhossein Tabrizi
Structure: Vespar Sazeh (Soheil Fadavi, Milad Fallahian)
Electrical & BMS: M & H (Mahdi Homayoun, HamidReza Ra’oufi)
Mechanical: Hossein Khodayar, Aidin Shadkhou
Landscape: Shaghayegh Namazkar, Zhaleh Shokouhi
Graphic: Amin Samani
Built Area: 2,000 m2 Project
Photographs by Shaghayegh Namazkar & Mohammad Javad Niazy, courtesy of Berania Office

The main problem with the existing was the lack of space appropriate to his requirements. Moreover, as he loves nature, he was not satisfied with the interrupted relationship between the inside of the cottage and the garden area. He asked for a design that makes a more integrated relationship with the garden. So when inside the home they can observe what happens outside and can concurrently make memories of the changing seasons.

Photographs by Shaghayegh Namazkar & Mohammad Javad Niazy, courtesy of Berania Office

There were two weeping willow trees in front of the mansion which remind multitudinous memories. We decided, despite making all changes according to their requirements, to keep this part of landscape untouched. This maintains a sense of dependency in some parts of the design and connects them to their past. 

Photographs by Shaghayegh Namazkar & Mohammad Javad Niazy, courtesy of Berania Office

They asked to have a residential-recreational villa to live with their two children and old parents. They also wanted to have enough space for celebrations and weekend gatherings with family and friends.

We had a nostalgic perspective on the issue: an Iranian family with gathering attitude and respect to traditions. Besides, the client’s desire was to broaden new horizons more than to project issues and look for new possibilities in global scale.

Photographs by Shaghayegh Namazkar & Mohammad Javad Niazy, courtesy of Berania Office

The concrete white surface, with its smooth lines and fluid motion among spaces, locates the house in a global context, while the warm brick core with its details and human scale attends to Iranian architectural qualities like sunken gardens, porches, apertures lightings, presence of nature and water, searching for a connection with Iranian contemporary geography.

Photographs by Shaghayegh Namazkar & Mohammad Javad Niazy, courtesy of Berania Office

Structure and architecture are completely interlaced with each other and indeed the structure of project is the same as the project's concept. The concrete surface was designed in a way that responds to architecture concepts while serving the structure and stability of building. The western and northern walls and the cantilevered wall that is attached to the base by fillet shape are indeed the shear walls of the project; their structural function is to restrain the building in three directions in the event of an earthquake. Even the shear wall on the cantilever which does not reach the foundation has structural properties by connecting the roof and first floor.

Photographs by Shaghayegh Namazkar & Mohammad Javad Niazy, courtesy of Berania Office
Photographs by Shaghayegh Namazkar & Mohammad Javad Niazy, courtesy of Berania Office
Photographs by Shaghayegh Namazkar & Mohammad Javad Niazy, courtesy of Berania Office
Photographs by Shaghayegh Namazkar & Mohammad Javad Niazy, courtesy of Berania Office
Photographs by Shaghayegh Namazkar & Mohammad Javad Niazy, courtesy of Berania Office
Photographs by Shaghayegh Namazkar & Mohammad Javad Niazy, courtesy of Berania Office
Photographs by Shaghayegh Namazkar & Mohammad Javad Niazy, courtesy of Berania Office
Drawing: Berania Office
Drawing: Berania Office
Drawing: Berania Office
Drawing: Berania Office
Drawing: Berania Office
Drawing: Berania Office

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