Tang-e-Vashi Recreatinal Village

Year: 2019

  • Area: 25000 
  • location: Tang-e-Vashi, Iran
  • Status: Design concept
  • Design Team:
    Lead Landscape Architects: Morteza Adib, Maryam Yousefi, Design Team: Mohammad Gerami
  • Graphic associates:
    Mohammad Gerami


How can architecture not only coexist with nature but also emerge from it as an integral part of the landscape? What does it mean for a building to ‘belong’ to the earth beneath it? These are the foundational inquiries that shaped the Tang-e-Vashi Recreational Village, a project deeply rooted in the vernacular architecture of its namesake region near the renowned Tang-e-Vashi canyon.

In this celebrated natural setting, our design philosophy was to create a modern manifestation of traditional materials — mud, clay, soil, and earth. We employed these elements in a contemporary composition, incorporating the ancient technique of rammed earth to forge a connection between past and present construction methodologies.

Our aim was to mirror the humility and context of a village. We crafted the project to resemble a traditional settlement, with a focus on blending it seamlessly into the existing cultural tapestry. This approach fostered a design that is both unassuming and respectful, prioritizing a dialogue with the land over a bold architectural statement.

The village layout is an homage to the concept of neighborhoods, fostering communal living and encouraging social interaction within public spaces. These communal areas are designed as the heart of the village, around which life organically unfolds, nurturing a sense of belonging and togetherness among visitors and residents alike.

We envisaged the project as a natural extension of the landscape, where the line between nature and architecture is deliberately blurred. Our intent was not merely for the village to sit within nature, but for it to be an intrinsic part of it, adding value and beauty to the environment. By designing with a deep sensitivity to the surrounding topography and vegetation, the architecture becomes a continuation of the natural world.

The interweaving of landscape and built form is central to the project, with the aim of dissolving the boundaries between them. Through careful planning and design, the outdoor spaces flow seamlessly into the architecture, ensuring that the experience of nature is ever-present.

With 30 suites capable of accommodating up to 150 guests, the village offers intimate, earth-integrated living spaces. Amenities such as a restaurant, cafe, and gathering room provide conveniences while fostering community engagement. Each element has been thoughtfully placed to ensure guests can immerse themselves in the tranquility of Tang-e-Vashi while enjoying modern comforts.

The Tang-e-Vashi Recreational Village stands as a testament to our belief in the power of architecture to enhance and complement the natural world. It is a place where the built environment and the landscape are in constant, harmonious dialogue — an enduring expression of our dedication to creating spaces that are at once respectful of the past, engaged with the present, and looking forward to a sustainable future.