Iran ski resort reflects mountain landscape

RYRA studio has designed a ski resort in Iran which blends into its snowy setting.

The Barin resort in Shemshak is the second largest ski village in the country and the building has been sculpted to reflect its setting amidst the peaks of the Alborz mountain range.

The architecture resembles an iced-rock formation that appears to be windswept onto the mountainside.


“The Barin ski resort picks up on the philosophy of designing buildings so that the form emulates the immediate environment in a fluid way,” said Farinaz Nikoo of RYRA.

The 10 storey building contains 67 private rooms, varying in size from studio flats to a penthouse. It also has a “cave-like” feel to it – ensuring a warm and comfortable ambiance after a day of skiing.

The design of the accommodation is influenced by the exterior to form curving dome-shaped rooms. The continuation of this design approach is continued in the communal spaces and corridors, which also have organic style shapes.

As a finishing touch pebble shaped windows offer unobstructed views of the surrounding mountain range.

The slopes are lie at an altitude of 2,550m to 3,050m above sea level. The resort includes two main slopes each with a chair lift.

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