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Ferdows villa in Royan, Iran by KRDS (Kourosh Rafiey Design Studio)

Project name:
Ferdows villa
Architecture firm:
KRDS (Kourosh Rafiey Design Studio)
Royan, Iran
Deed Studio
Principal architect:
Kourosh Rafiey
Design team:
Ashkan Rafiey, Mohsen Yazdian, Shafagh Javidi, Mehdi Safi, Ehsan Dehghani, Mahsa Elahi, Kiana Karimi, Ameneh Karimian
Interior design:
KRDS (Kourosh Rafiey Design Studio)
Built area:
380 m²
Site area:
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Hosein Hoseini
Structural engineer:
Hosein Hoseini
Tools used:
AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom
Mr. Mehrazar
Residential, Private House

The Iranian architecture firm KRDS (Kourosh Rafiey Design Studio) has recently completed Ferdows villa, a single family home loacted in Royan City, Iran. 

Architect's statement: Ferdows villa is located in the coastal town of Ferdows near Royan city at Mazandaran province. The Caspian Sea on the north and the Royan Forest on the south surround this small town. Moreover, a local park on the northeast side and lush mountains in distance provide good views and green perspectives for this property. At certain heights, there is remarkable scenery and mastery over the pleasant spaces of the adjacent park. 

aerial view of the house from above image © Deed Studio  

Following the existing potentials of the land, we changed the initial scheme of the project. Instead of building a four-bedroom villa on two floors, we distributed the program in different levels. As a result, the two floors broke into several slabs, which each positioned based on the spatial conditions, the view and perspective. A vertical void with a staircase in between stitches all these slabs together as a whole. Moreover, this transparent vertical opening creates the sea-forest connection of the Ferdows town symbolically by connecting an old tree in the southern courtyard with a longitudinal pool in the northern courtyard.

swimming pool image © Deed Studio  

The ground level is dedicated to parking and service areas such as storage and mechanical room. The second floor, which is slightly elevated, houses the main entrance and public areas such as the lounge and kitchen that overlook the northern and southern courtyards on both sides. On the third level, right above the parking, there is a room that can be used for either guests’ room or workspace.

Ground Floor Plan Ground Floor Plan 

This space has a good scenery to the residential town. The fourth level is a private living room overlooking the adjacent local park. The fifth floor contains three bedrooms each with particular views respectively to the residential town, the green mountains in distance and the sea. The next level is the first roof garden space that has an equipped grill space and a wonderful view to lush mountains on the south side. The seventh level is the next rooftop garden with sea view and the last level is a garden that has a view on both north and south sides, the sea and the forest.

First Floor Plan First Floor Plan 

In addition to the unique circulation experience of interior spaces, the layering of spaces is also evident in the exterior shell. The volume appears as floating plates in the surrounding environment. Some of these slabs are working as terraces collaborating with interior spaces to enhance the sense of fluidity in the project, and some others are only plates without any function. In these cases, some openings are considered to make the plates lighter and maintain the spatial connection in the vertical layers.

modern white house with big tree and flowers at garden image © Deed Studio  

skylight in the ceiling let the sunlight enters the house and illuminate stairs image © Deed Studio  

staircase with metal and glass handrail image © Deed Studio  

skylight in the ceiling image © Deed Studio  

woman on standing by window on stairs image © Deed Studio  

living space with outdoor pool view through large vertical window image © Deed Studio  

wooden staircase image © Deed Studio  

staircase with wooden steps image © Deed Studio

skylight in the roof image © Deed Studio   

woman standing on balcony image © Deed Studio  

house with white facade image © Deed Studio  

big tree with green leaves and red flowers image © Deed Studio  

seaside residential area image © Deed Studio  

Architectural Section Drawing Section 

Architectural Section Section 

Circulation Diagram Circulation Diagram 

Idea Diagram Idea Diagram 

Staircase detail drawing Staircase detail 

Connect with the KRDS (Kourosh Rafiey Design Studio)

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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