Desert Wind-Catcher’s Hotel in Iran
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Iranian vernacular architecture is today among the inspiring resources of climatic and sustainable design. These architectural design considerations led to a variety of typologies and architectural elements that were specifically driven from climatic conditions, available resources, and craft in the district and climatic zones they were in Iran. Windcatchers as landmarks contribute to the natural passive ventilation of the indoor spaces. The traditional ventilation system has been re-interpreted in the project as an integral part of the design, providing the ventilation system. One of the challenges of contemporary Iranian architecture is the lack of discourse between traditional and modern approaches in creating new forms in a historical urban environment. The diploma has strived to propose a modern approach in employing new interpretations and applications of historical Iranian architecture in Naragh trough combining two different aspects: 1) the historical patterns of Iranian architecture and its philosophical, artistic, and heritage essence, and 2) considerations related to local materials, culture, and climatic contexts.