Apartment 111, is constructed in four stories and based on the prevalent pattern of the area and also based on the interactions between the green spaces and living spaces. The residential ‘Apartment 111’ is a complex with 12 residential units, 2880 m2 gross floor area in three stories, built on an 1800 square meter land lot, and located on the first phase of the Mehrshahr district in Karaj.
The green axis of 111th street, as one of the main networks of the city, penetrates and spreads throughout the complex. This green structure, in a way, resembles the old garden-alleys with green spots that border–lined between adjacent units and resulted in coexistence between the green spaces and residential spaces that defiantly improved both.
Green spaces and gardens are some of the main elements of the Mehrshahr residential complex. Therefore, the locating of the mass in the green yard was one of the main challenges of this project. Not only is the mass challenge solved with the consideration of old trees and valuable vegetation but also the whole project is designed in a way that causes the least harm possible to these green spaces in the yard.
Another element of the project design is the importance of the view and the lighting of the apartments. Based on the studies on the view and because of the existence of negative points (a ten-story apartment mass in the south of the project) and using the existing potentials (a green mass in the southeast of the project) the southern front of the project’s mass, and in other words, the southern apartments, with a 20-degree rotation both use the green mass and avoid the building. The rotation of the plan has resulted in rectangular balconies in the façade. Therefore the main façade of the building mixed with the rotated main mass of the building has converged in open balconies.
In addition to the view problem, the rotation of the southern apartment has provided a great opportunity for supplying the light and the direct view of northern buildings. Although this apartment is located in the northern area of the complex, it has a direct view of the main street and the green space of the city, and also with the opening of its southern front, the possibility of direct lighting by the sun has appeared.
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