Mahtabi House by Habibeh Madjdabadi Studio

Mahtabi, literally, “lit by the moon” in Persian, is the name of the Iranian traditional terraces, where the people use to sleep at night, while enjoying the summertime starry nights.

Plot is located outside the old town of Golpayegan, a city in the central part of Iran with mountainous and variable climate: warm in summer and cold in winter. The barren neighboring urban context is made of irrelevant newly built box-shaped residential buildings with poor quality grey stone facades.

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The architect says, “In the neighborhood there was nothing relevant to attract my attention, but the traditional brick houses of the old town, with their generous terraces (mahtabi) were quite inspiring”. Her work tries to repropose, in a contemporary way, the ancient concept of the Iranian terraces.

The house seems being wrapped in a spiral-shape rising terrace, which provides simultaneously protection against the sunrays, space for the outdoor activities and dynamic views over the building and the landscape. The house borders on three sides with the pre-existing properties.

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The southern side of the building, facing the, is the only place where the architect could realize his concept of multiple terraces, connected together with ramps and stairs, creating a kind of promenade architecturale.

The house is interconnected with the exterior porch spaces, forming a continuity of mutual flow of the terrace into the indoor space, and the indoor spaces into the terrace.

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Continuity with the landscape is boosted by a green roof with Plants suited to the climate, a fireplace for the cold winter and a wooden shade for the hot summers.The house includes ground floor, first floor, terraces, basement and roof garden.

The living room and the kitchen are located in the ground floor next to the entrance terrace and the bedrooms are located on the first floor and next to upper terrace facing the yard.

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It is mentionable that In Iran because of sex segregation in public spaces such as pools, gyms, spas and ballrooms, Families cannot enjoy swimming, sports and dancing together. Therefore, those “public facilities” should be preferably comprised in houses.

Accordingly, here the basement has been dedicated to swimming pool and several recreational and sport accommodations. Source by Habibeh Madjdabadi Studio.

ModelLocation: Golpaygan, IranArchitect: Habibeh Madjdabadi StudioDesign Team: Hossein Bashari, Shirin Ashar, Tarranom MaveddatClient: MahdaviArea: 330 m2Built area: 550 m2Year: 2022Images: Courtesy of Habibeh Madjdabadi StudioFist Floor Plan and Roof PlanBasement and Grourd Floor PlanSectionAxoDetailsModel

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