Void+, A Residential Multi-Unit Building

VOID+ is a residential scheme developed by architect Maryam Pousti. The building is located in the Northern part of Tehran, Iran. It strives to offer an alternative to conventional models of habitation and dense urban living, which has resulted in closed-up building envelopes that lack a dialogue with their context. Situated on an extremely narrow site, VOID+ consists of 10 units on 5 Floors. The striking feature of the project is an intimate void strategically carved in to the north façade in an attempt to engage the building with its periphery. The massing of the void creates a vertical flow between the skyline of the building and its feet.

An intimate void strategically carved in to the north façade, in an attempt to engage the building with its periphery.

The main entrance is defined by the particular moment when the verticality of the void turns in to a horizontal plain stretched 20 meters along the length of the building. This horizontal platform connects the street level to the back garden. The aim is to re-define the building’s territory, and to assimilate a single-family house that expands into its surroundings without the interference of rigid borders.

North façade.

The interior layouts of the building reveal a deep structural and volumetric connection to the façade; a vocabulary that is used throughout the project. The juxtaposed volumes of the void offer playfulness through shifting perspectives and views, allowing the interior and exterior boundaries to be experienced simultaneously. The Hide-and-seek between inside and outside takes place through the interplay of solid and void, challenging notions of exposure and privacy.

In the South units, the floors are unrestricted spans creating flexibility in circulation and drawing light deep in to the space.

There are two units on each floor; rendering noise and privacy as driving forces in the positioning of a rectangular stairwell, which acts as a buffer to prevent sound and direct visual contact between the units. Each unit sits around an intimate balcony, which is perceived as an interior garden.

Third floor, North unit.

There is an arrangement for materials and a hierarchy of finishes and textures, which celebrates the value of working with artisans. This is evident in the combed horizontal cement pattern of the façade, which also acts as a conductor of rain water, keeping the building skin clean. Door handles, railings, lighting fixtures, and cabinets have been skillfully integrated into the architectural detailing of the building. Collaboration with makers of different backgrounds in this project is a reminder that buildings are a product of intense engagement and time.

The interior layouts of the building reveal a deep structural and volumetric connection to the façade; a vocabulary used throughout the project.

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Project Name: VOID+
Location: Tehran, Iran
Client: private
Architect: Maryam Pousti
Project Manager: Maryam Pousti
Design team: Melika Dezvarei, Sepehr Jafari, Amir Bakhshi, Soheil Shadi
Structural engineer: Sajadian Engineers
Electrical and Mechanical engineer: Azmayesh Consulting Engineers
Project sector: Residential architecture multi- unit
Project completion date: 13/02/2021
1-Parham Taghioff (Persia Photography center)
2-Deed studio

About Studio Pousti
Maryam Pousti is an Iranian designer based in Tehran & London. Trained as an architect (AA Dipl/RIBA II), Studio Pousti was established in 2013 with a focus on architecture, interiors, installations, and product design.

Studio Pousti’s work has been exhibited in Milan, Paris, New York, Venice, and Athens. The work of the studio has been awarded both in architecture and product sectors, as well as being published widely.