ayeneh office's house in iran takes shape around a central yard clad in blue tiles

ayeneh office's house in iran takes shape around a central yard clad in blue tiles

located in the iranian city of isfahan, the blue-yard house by ayeneh office recalls the historical and memorable colors of local architecture. a central courtyard, typical of traditional houses in the area, provides the interior with enough south light, and allows access to the inner section of the house through the ground floor.

ayeneh office's house in iran takes shape around a central yard clad in blue tiles and bricks
central yard



to make the blue yard reachable from the entrance, and to free the south side of the house, ayeneh office separated the volume from its neighbor, creating a gap where, at the end of it, and accessed through a number of stairs, lies the courtyard. on the ground floor, on the west side overlooking the entrance, is the guest hall, while next to it sits the kitchen, the living room, and the master bedroom. the library, the guest bedroom, and one of the children’s bedrooms on the upper floor benefit from view towards the blue yard.

window screen woven from the wood of native redbuds of isfahan



the double height living room, together with a smaller living room upstairs and the blue yard form the heart of the isfahani house in an ‘andaruni’ (private quarters) form. the blue tiles recall the historical and memorable color of the city. brick patterns and a woven wood screen adjust the intensity of the west sunlight.

the wooden screen adjusts the intensity of the west sunlight

the heart of the isfahani house

the upper living room

way to the library

view into the central yard

blue yard


facade with wooden screens

brick facade

central yard



project info:


name: blue-yard house

design by: ayeneh office architects

team: ali soltani, atefeh karbasi, ali dehghani

design assistant: behnam emami




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edited by: sofia lekka angelopoulou | designboom

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