How’s this for beauty and brains? The Sharifi House in Tehran is a beautiful space-saving home that comes with a set of assembly instructions. Iranian architects at nextoffice designed the house with a series of semi-mobile rooms that can be rotated by a simple push of a button in order to provide extra space and get optimal amounts of sunlight. While it may seem extravagant, think about the ramifications of smaller spaces in our own urban landscapes.
The mechanical magic of the house is based on a fixed main volume of the structure, with mobile parts that adapt to the functional needs of its users. Rooms of the first and third floors can be reconfigured for different purposes and seasons.
Like most of the plots in the area, the one where the Sharifi House stands is noticeably narrow and long. This limitation allowed for the treatment of the façade as a three-dimensional element, instead of the conventional 2D treatment. The mobile rooms protrude to an extent, depending on the space requirements and weather. Referencing the traditional Iranian house, the Sharifi House implements the principle of dynamic seasonal modes of habitation-it offers modern versions of the winter and summer living rooms (Zemestan-Neshin and Taabestan-Neshin).
In summertime, the house features an open and more transparent volume with large terraces, while it closes down and boasts minimal openings in the winter. The ground floor houses parking and housekeeping rooms, while the two basement floors host the fitness facilities and wellness areas. Awesomesauce!