For this apartment building in Tehran, Iranian architecture firm Keivani Architects designed a beautiful facade dominated by a modern version of the traditional Orsi window. Part of a slatted timber facade, the sash windows with latticed woodwork and colored glass control the amount of natural lighting entering the interior and transform the building into a beautiful urban canvas.
The seven-story building features a facade constructed with heat-treated timber inset with stained glass and vegetation. In addition to its role in controlling solar intake, the facade has a decorative quality that combines natural materials, color and transparency. The patterned facade references some of Iran’s iconic traditional residences, while functioning as a high-performance element that reduces heat buildup.
“Economic limitations, authorities and municipality potentially can be counted as a strict limitation to a project,” said the architects. “But we tried to use these factors as a motivator to design and make the building with propitious, recyclable, and native materials.”