WRITINGS / INTERVIEWS / LECTURES

SARAVI HOUSE

Kelardasht, iran / 2018



This house, set on a steep slope, appears typologically and temporally indeterminate among its neighbors. Is it a castle? Is it a civic building? Is it ancient? Its opacity is its strength in a world which ever more about ease of consumption.

 
The house is made of bespoke parts, like a toy scale model. Parts overlap their box-like container in such a way they bridge between interior and exterior. Exaggerated joints between parts and container heighten their sense of discreteness. However, glance-cutting through multiple parts begins to create moments of continuity, and a sense that the project is about to cohere as much as it is about to fall apart.

The house lands on the ground in a loose-fit hole, as if dropped from great height or partially excavated out of the earth.

Client: Aida Saravi