Habibeh Madjabadi’s zoomorphic project in Loshan responds to the local climate
Iran-based Habibeh Madjdabadi Architecture firm has revealed its project details for Lunar Complex in Iran’s Loshan valley. The integrated development, comprising retail, residences and a fuel station, and occupying an area of 45,000 m2, with the built area spanning 7,500 m2, will be located alongside a road connecting Ghazvin to Rasht.
The zoomorphic form is inspired by the vernacular architecture of the hot and arid zones of central Iran. While not conforming to any typology, its special design details such as the nozzle-shape skylights, recall the traditional bazaars, which have spot skylights linearly arranged to organise the internal space and facilitate orientation.
The climbable roof is a common feature in traditional local architecture, where roofs act as a public plaza for people to gather and walk from one house to another.
Typically, in traditional Iranian architecture, facades have been designed to cast shadows on the outer skin, and to modulate the natural light entering the indoor spaces.
The colour and finishing texture of the structure also pays a nod to its surroundings – Madjdabadi has used pigmented concrete which resembles locally found natural materials such as clay and straw.