In this project, a “central courtyard” pattern (a common pattern in Yazd traditional houses) was discussed to hire for space composition, in order to answer the thermal comfort issues and secure traditional privacy, which was the client’s wish. The space composition of the Yazd traditional houses makes it possible for the inhabitants to enjoy a pleasant view of the yard from all the main rooms and rigid outer walls prevents strangers from seeing the inside. In other words, these houses have a top level of traditional privacy and at the same time optimum view of the yard.
On the other hand, nowadays most basements have inappropriate daylight and natural air ventilation due to poor connection with the open spaces. During the design process, it was realized that a “Godal Baghcheh” (Iranian traditional sunken courtyard) can both answer the climate issues and grant more connection with the open spaces to the indoor areas. Thus, a Godal Baghcheh was placed in the heart of the site which later brings the opportunity of better visual connection and circulation between different floors.
Another characteristic of Yazd traditional houses in a neighborhood is the harmonious skyline and texture. With this in mind, the outer lines of the neighbor buildings were kept in the building design both in plan and elevation. The building bulkhead were omitted for a more harmonic skyline. The essence of the adjoining buildings’ forms hired for the formation of the building but with an approach to building up a modern spirit.