House of 40 Knots

House of 40 Knots / Habibeh Madjdabadi + Alireza Mashhadimirza in Tahran, Iran

While persian carpets are world renowned, bricks have a strong relationship with iranian historical architecture. in this building, ‘the house of 40 knots’ by habibeh madjdabadi and alireza mashhadimirza, the two entities are fused into a contemporary façade that appears as a collection of intricately interwoven modules.

in textile factories, two people work together to make a carpet – one reads the instructions while the other sits behind the scaffold and makes the braids. the architects elaborate by saying, ‘the one who reads the instruction does not necessarily know how to knit. she reads the instructions, usually with a rhythm, and like a song: two reds, a yellow below, two blue . . . those instructions are usually drawn on checkered papers.’ the handmade exterior of this residence is also made using a similar system. one craftsman reads and the other places raised, filler, and hollow bricks in corresponding supporting bars between L profiles. due to this technique, there is no need for phase drawings and the construction sequence can be performed through a series of simple, localized labors. workers can lay down the clay blocks row by row without having to understand the concept of whole façade.

Architects :  Habibeh Madjdabadi + Alireza Mashhadimirza

Location : Tehran, Iran

Area : 1313.0 sqm

Project Year : 2014

Photographs : Habibeh Madjdabadi + Alireza Mashhadimirza

Via > Habibeh Madjdabadi Architecture Office

Share with a friend:
Courses:

Learn about parametric and computational from the online courses at the PAACADEMY:

1 thought on “House of 40 Knots”

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Become A Digital Member

Subscribe only for €3.99 per month.
Cancel anytime!

Weekly Newsletter in Your Inbox

Explore More

Your Privacy

We use cookies to personalize your online experience and deliver relevant ads to you.
To find out more, read our updated privacy policy and cookie policy.

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter