studio team group employs techniques of excavation and embankment in the design of its proposed four seasons ski resort in the mountainous region surrounding shemshak, iran. closely following the sloping terrain, the shemshak villas each nest into the earth, and are distributed harmoniously across the land. mimicking the development of natural landforms, the project is generated through a duplication of growing cells which are burrowed and sheared. together forming a stepping cluster, each unit receives outdoor yard space and privacy with controlled views. the designers at team group comment: ‘these charming structures lied in nature are not deprived from metaphor of organic design architecture.’

team group ski resort
visualizations by amirali sharifi



for each unit of its proposed four seasons ski resort at shemshak, team group ensures an outdoor courtyard space that is intimate and welcomes ambient natural sunlight. the design team at the iran-based studio continues to favor the courtyard as a spatial type and as a driving factor which informs the design from its conception. this courtyard-centric strategy has been seen with its proposed bagh chal project which also excavates into the earth. the stepping units serve to introduce a new, occupiable topography to the mountainous natural context.

team group ski resort

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project info:


project title: four seasons ski resort at shemshak

architecture: team group

location: shemshak, iran

design architect: davood salavati

technical drawings: asma pirooz, mahsa aghahasel

presentation: sheila shahraki, mahsa aghahasel, amirhosein alizamani

visual artist: amirali sharifi

client: saeid zahedinasab

status: proposal