Wooden slats individualise Tehran apartment block


Wooden shutters can be drawn across the windows of an apartment block in Tehran by architects TDC Office to accommodate the householders requirement for privacy, views and light.

Studio founders Sara Kalantary and Reza Sayadian created the eight-storey block to allow for the “change in people’s lifestyle, development of the cities and the uprising demand for constructing high-rise buildings” in the Iranian capital.

The street-facing facade of the building – which is called Saba – comprises blocks of light-coloured stone and features of recessed windows covered by slats of wood with wavy edges.


Photography by Parham Taghiof and Hossein Barazandeh.

These individual pieces of shuttering are positioned vertically and can be arranged by hand depending on the owners’ needs.

Kalantary and Sayadian feel this high-rise lifestyle has obliterated the connection between home and garden, so wanted to re-establish the connection.

“This project was the result of our efforts in revitalising this lost heritage and giving a new interpretation to the old concept,” they said.

“Which we believe one of the main reasons of the cultural crisis our society is engaged with nowadays is the result of this abrupt shift in the living space.”


Photography by Parham Taghiof and Hossein Barazandeh.

The block separates the street from a gravelled garden to the rear, where recycled railway sleepers act as stepping stones between beds of planting and a pool.

Balconies with flower boxes cover the rear in greenery, which is irrigated using rainwater harvested in tanks on the roof.

“The challenging part was to reconnect this fracture,” said the architects.

“We came up with a solution to lift up the greenery from the street level to the northern facade and to the roof and then again turning into the southern facade and at last rejoining with the garden in the yard.”

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