1215 GMT December 12, 2019
Formerly, the district was predominately rural, its lands used for farming to supply the capital’s residents with fresh produce, Press TV reported.
Due to the quickness of outward sprawl, outlying towns are now being completely taken over. Farms lands are gone, their space giving way to block upon block of apartments and shops.
The people of Kahrizak haven’t adjusted as quickly as the landscape they find themselves in. Dwellers in the region are mostly migrant laborers coming from humble origins and living on low incomes.
Because of their financial situations, more importance has been put on the quantity of housing, rather than quality. Residences are often overly dark and poorly constructed, but are extremely popular due to their affordability.
Tehran-based firm Caat Studio was approached with a half-finished project in the area. The client had halted construction due to budget constraints after finishing only two stories.
It was decided that the best solution was simply to leave the completed blocks — located on the north side — and enhance the building by creating a secondary set of units on the southern portion of the site.
The monetary situation hadn’t changed, forcing the project to be completed on a shoestring budget.
To bring costs down, Caat Studio employed local workers and selected inexpensive materials such as brick and concrete that could be sourced locally.
To add variation to the façade, the bricks were placed in various orientations, giving each unit a distinct look. A small window runs floor to ceiling in each apartment, providing inhabitants plenty of natural light.