The Salariyeh Residential Building by Heram Architects is just…plain…lovely to look at…

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Located in Qom, Qom Province, Iran, the Salariyeh Residential Building — designed by Heram Architects — opened this year, and aspects of the region’s religious beliefs include “privacy” and “lack of visibility from the exterior into the building.” Both of those guidelines are used in the decisions made in urban planning and creating relationships in the local neighborhood. In addition, usually when projects are built in this region have to follow certain standards that result in a lack of dynamism, spatial quality, and not connection between the exterior and interior.

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Heram Architects took on quite the daunting task of creating a system of design spaces — which is already fairly difficult in the limited space of an urban environment — and structural regulations, but also need to consider the locale’s criteria of social and cultural implementations. The result is an urban building that has fused into the local vernacular, while at the same time having its own identity within that same environment.

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