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Two-faced Sharifi-ha House changes shape on demand

Two-faced Sharifi-ha House cha...
Sharifi-ha House, by Iranian architecture firm Nextoffice (Photo: Nextoffice)
Sharifi-ha House, by Iranian architecture firm Nextoffice (Photo: Nextoffice)
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The Sharifi-ha House is based in Tehran, Iran (Photo: Nextoffice)
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The Sharifi-ha House is based in Tehran, Iran (Photo: Nextoffice)
Sharifi-ha House was designed by Iranian architecture firm Nextoffice (Photo: Nextoffice)
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Sharifi-ha House was designed by Iranian architecture firm Nextoffice (Photo: Nextoffice)
The home was completed in 2013 (Photo: Nextoffice)
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The home was completed in 2013 (Photo: Nextoffice)
The Sharifi-ha House is, by any reasonable person's standard, a very luxurious home (Photo: Nextoffice)
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The Sharifi-ha House is, by any reasonable person's standard, a very luxurious home (Photo: Nextoffice)
The dedicated television room (Photo: Nextoffice)
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The dedicated television room (Photo: Nextoffice)
There's a total of seven floors in all (Photo: Nextoffice)
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There's a total of seven floors in all (Photo: Nextoffice)
The home comprises a total floorspace of 1,400 sq m (15,000 sq ft) (Photo: Nextoffice)
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The home comprises a total floorspace of 1,400 sq m (15,000 sq ft) (Photo: Nextoffice)
The first and second floors feature communal family spaces including the kitchen, lounge, and television room (Photo: Nextoffice)
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The first and second floors feature communal family spaces including the kitchen, lounge, and television room (Photo: Nextoffice)
The house is structurally complex (Photo: Nextoffice)
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The house is structurally complex (Photo: Nextoffice)
The house in based in a built-up area in Tehran (Photo: Nextoffice)
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The house in based in a built-up area in Tehran (Photo: Nextoffice)
The first and second floors feature communal family spaces including the kitchen, lounge, and television room (Photo: Nextoffice)
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The first and second floors feature communal family spaces including the kitchen, lounge, and television room (Photo: Nextoffice)
Upper levels are reserved for private areas like bedrooms, private bathrooms, and kitchen areas (Photo: Nextoffice)
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Upper levels are reserved for private areas like bedrooms, private bathrooms, and kitchen areas (Photo: Nextoffice)
The home was completed in 2013 (Photo: Nextoffice)
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The home was completed in 2013 (Photo: Nextoffice)
The two basement floors are given over to the gym and leisure facilities (Photo: Nextoffice)
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The two basement floors are given over to the gym and leisure facilities (Photo: Nextoffice)
The house features a swimming pool (Photo: Nextoffice)
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The house features a swimming pool (Photo: Nextoffice)
The house features a swimming pool (Photo: Nextoffice)
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The house features a swimming pool (Photo: Nextoffice)
The house contains a private gym (Photo: Nextoffice)
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The house contains a private gym (Photo: Nextoffice)
The home's facade, from street level (Photo: Nextoffice)
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The home's facade, from street level (Photo: Nextoffice)
There's a total of seven floors in all (Photo: Nextoffice)
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There's a total of seven floors in all (Photo: Nextoffice)
Sharifi-ha House, by Iranian architecture firm Nextoffice (Photo: Nextoffice)
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Sharifi-ha House, by Iranian architecture firm Nextoffice (Photo: Nextoffice)
The house in its "closed" state (Photo: Nextoffice)
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The house in its "closed" state (Photo: Nextoffice)
Rotating the rooms to produce more terrace space (Photo: Nextoffice)
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Rotating the rooms to produce more terrace space (Photo: Nextoffice)
Each of the rooms rotated fully and in "open" state (Photo: Nextoffice)
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Each of the rooms rotated fully and in "open" state (Photo: Nextoffice)
The first and second floor rooms rotated (Photo: Nextoffice)
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The first and second floor rooms rotated (Photo: Nextoffice)
Architectural drawing explaining the rotation mechanism in more detail (Image: Nextoffice)
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Architectural drawing explaining the rotation mechanism in more detail (Image: Nextoffice)
Architectural drawing explaining the rotation mechanism in more detail (Image: Nextoffice)
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Architectural drawing explaining the rotation mechanism in more detail (Image: Nextoffice)
Architectural drawing explaining the rotation mechanism in more detail (Image: Nextoffice)
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Architectural drawing explaining the rotation mechanism in more detail (Image: Nextoffice)
Architectural drawing explaining the rotation mechanism in more detail (Image: Nextoffice)
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Architectural drawing explaining the rotation mechanism in more detail (Image: Nextoffice)
Architectural drawing explaining the rotation mechanism in more detail (Image: Nextoffice)
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Architectural drawing explaining the rotation mechanism in more detail (Image: Nextoffice)
Architectural drawing showing floor plan (Image: Nextoffice)
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Architectural drawing showing floor plan (Image: Nextoffice)
Architectural drawing showing floor plan (Image: Nextoffice)
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Architectural drawing showing floor plan (Image: Nextoffice)
Architectural drawing showing floor plan (Image: Nextoffice)
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Architectural drawing showing floor plan (Image: Nextoffice)
Architectural drawing showing floor plan (Image: Nextoffice)
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Architectural drawing showing floor plan (Image: Nextoffice)
Architectural drawing showing floor plan (Image: Nextoffice)
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Architectural drawing showing floor plan (Image: Nextoffice)

Based in Tehran, the Sharifi-ha House by Iranian architectural firm Nextoffice is a luxurious home by anyone's standard. The seven-floor residence boasts an elevator, swimming pool, and a sizable gym. More interestingly, it also features three rooms which resemble large wooden boxes and sit upon operable rotating platforms.

Sharifi-ha House was completed in 2013 and comprises a total floorspace of 1,400 sq m (15,000 sq ft). Given its size and unusual design, the layout of the house is complex, and a glance the architectural plans in the gallery are worth checking out for a more complete idea on how it's put together.

The two basement floors contain the gym and leisure facilities, which include a billiard table, while the ground floor consists of parking space and the housekeeper's quarters. The first and second floors feature communal family spaces including the kitchen, lounge, television room, and a piano area. Finally, the remaining floors include bedrooms, private bathrooms, and additional kitchen and lounge areas.

The house contains a private gym (Photo: Nextoffice)
The house contains a private gym (Photo: Nextoffice)

Sharifi-ha House's three operable rooms remain in a flat, or "closed" position during cold weather. However, if the sun comes out, each room can rotate 90 degrees outwards with the touch of a button to reveal a terraced area. While the house is in its "open" state, there's also more ventilation and light available to those inside.

Each of the rooms rotates on its own mechanical base similar to those which rotate cars on the floor of a car show, and that are used in some theaters to change scenes. The actual system used is a customized one built by the owner's own employees for the purpose.

Architectural drawing explaining the rotation mechanism in more detail (Image: Nextoffice)
Architectural drawing explaining the rotation mechanism in more detail (Image: Nextoffice)

Though the architects pay lip-service to the concept of traditional summer and winter-based Iranian living quarters and mention something about flexibility, there seems little reason for employing such a difficult and expensive design over, say, shutters, except for the obvious one: an excuse to produce something visually and technically impressive.

If that is indeed the case, then it's a job well done.

Source: Nextoffice via Arch Daily

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