MEA Awards 2017: Keivani Architects wins award for best residential project

Iranian architect firm Keivani Architects took home the award for best residential project of the year for its Tehran project Orsi Khaneh. Judges praised the project for being a “novel idea that modernises traditional architectural elements with a stunning outcome.” The judges also appreciated the project’s attention to principles of transparency and its use of light and colour.

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Accepting the award on Keivani’s behalf was Hamed Badri Ahmadi from Boozhgan Architecture Studio. Upon receiving the award, Ahmadi said, “I think the Orsi Khaneh project won because it has traditional elements in its design, which actually isn’t that common for an Iranian architect. We don’t often use vernacular language, but he has done it successfully.”

Orsi Khaneh, named after a special window in Iran’s traditional architecture, considers main elements including light, water, plantation, as well as materials and colours. And by enhancing the dynamics of the facade with the special placing of the balconies and their travertine frames, the project considers the environment and sustainable build techniques.

Highly commended in the category, which was presented by Christian Vasquez, business development executive at the National Engineering Bureau, was Tachra Design’s Woof Shadow. Judges appreciated its innovative facade design and strong interpretation of cultural themes.

View all the winners from the 2017 MEA Awards here. 

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