‘vanoosh villa’ pairs traditional iranian architecture with modern design accents 


Set in Northern Iran, ‘Vanoosh Villa’ is a three-part, private residence completed by 35-51 ARCHITECTURE office. Adorned with a net-like timber structure, the project expresses an indoor-outdoor lifestyle that is simultaneously new and rooted in tradition.


‘Iranian traditional architecture has taught us how to create spaces that are safe, flexible, and responsive to residents’ needs. And modern architecture has taught us to eliminate any unnecessary features. ‘Vanoosh Villa’ is an attempt to bring these lessons into reality,’ comments the practice. 

vanoosh 1‘Vanoosh Villa’



offering privacy, a limitless area, and a safe room 


Elaborating on the practice’s comment, ‘Vanoosh Villa’ responds to three client needs: evoking a limitless area, creating a safe room, and offering privacy. Based on those requests, 35-51 ARCHITECTURE office (see more here) laid out the building volume quite innovatively. 


Starting with the request for a ‘limitless area’, the architects expanded the villa’s territorial reach by breaking it down into three distinct zones, relatively distanced from one another: a place to cook, a place to sleep, and a place to socialize. While offering separate programs, all three blocks are connected by corridors, allowing residents to flow from one space to another easily. These corridors are fitted with removable walls to accommodate different seasonal needs and alternate between separating and connecting the three blocks. The passegeways also provide better ventilation by letting prevailing winds come in from the northwest to cool down the entire villa during the summer heat. 

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close-up on the net-like wooden canopy 



Moving on to the second request, the architects included a ‘safe room’ designed like a small, independent villa that sits much more discreetly within the overall layout.


As for privacy, the three separate blocks were organized in such a way as to provide cozy and intimate spaces for residents to enjoy. The net-like wooden canopy is another attempt at privacy; owners can ultimately fill it up with climbing plants to create a green, visual buffer that extends to the neighborhood. ‘One may say that what we were looking to create private spaces that are open to the nature and surrounding environment. It opens to welcome you and closes to defend,’ concludes the team. 

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expressing an indoor-outdoor lifestyle

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minimal design features reflecting modern architecture

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living room area
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a modern residence rooted in tradition 





project info:


name: Vanoosh

location: Northern Iran 

architecture: 35-51 ARCHITECTURE office
team: Hamid Abbasloo, Abbas Yaghooti, Neda Adiban Rad



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edited by: lea zeitoun | designboom