5*5*5 Garden House / White Cube Atelier
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Manufacturer : AutoDesk, AGT, Palermo pottery
Reza Asadzadeh, Shabnam Khalilpour
Text description of the architects. The 5*5*5 Garden House was designed and built in the Gajut tourist area in Mako. The biggest challenge of the project was the smallest gross area of 25 square meters, as it was garden and agricultural land. Invading nature into the habitat, close relationships and inside-out interactions, and simultaneously creating a sense of introversion and extroversion were the themes we sought. These issues led to the simplest, clearest, and most regular design approach.
The story of the project began with a cube that multiplied into two cubes and rotated 90 degrees relative to each other, shifting in different directions and axes, surrounded by a larger cubic network. These cubes and their movement relative to each other occurs in a modular and regular grid on the XYZ axis. The third volume is embedded in the ground as a plinth and covered with the dark basalt stone material, which differs from the hanging white volumes.
Empathy was born from the connection of two cubes that embraced each other and formed a closed space for the private zone. This involvement has resulted in 4 levels; The 1st level is basement and storage room, the 2nd level is dedicated to the living room and kitchen, the 3rd level comprises bedrooms and bathrooms and the 4th level is allocated to a separate suite for guests. There are terraces on each level to view the twin mountains of Ararat and the surrounding plains and gardens.
From a social and cultural point of view and by looking back at the experiences of the past few years, we realize that the design and construction of garden houses are not oriented to the need for protection; Often the search for qualities that get lost in the hustle and bustle of city life and sometimes the need to have a piece of nature as a covered space are the determining factors in the emergence of garden houses. Because we believe that today’s life needs simplicity more than anything else, these concepts result in a minimal and orderly presence in nature. In fact, it is an attempt to remind the customer to experience a more thoughtful presence… May the continuity of this concern and the use of simple language in architecture as one of the principles of modern architecture be able to enhance the chaotic built environments …