Volume 1, Issue 11 (8-2017)                   JIAS 2017, 1(11): 22-41 | Back to browse issues page

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Ranjbar Kermani A M, Maleki A. Review of the “Central Space Model" in the Iranian Cultural Region . JIAS. 2017; 1 (11) :22-41
URL: http://jias.kashanu.ac.ir/article-1-1379-en.html
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This paper explores a basic architectural model regarding spatial organization and planning in Iranian historical architecture, named herein as the “central space model,” which can be found in numerous historical buildings such as tombs and garden pavilions. This paper aims to determine the architectural features of this model and demonstrate its capacity in taking various functions. The necessity of pursuing this study is to signify the continuum of architectural models in the long history of Iranian architecture—that which gives it its unique character and dynamic identity. This research is a case study of an architectural model within a small group but of a broad set of features. The research takes on an interpretive approach based on existing examples, historical documentations and library resources. It is hypothesized that the main goal in using the “central space model” in various buildings has been its power to concentrate the eyes and mind to focus on a central element of the interior space. The mentioned central space with regard to the building's function was either the ruler’s seat in a palace, or the central fountain in a garden or sometimes the sanctuary in a tomb. The results confirm that when facing similar functions and motives, contemporary architects have a powerful model for space organization at hand that, if employed, can ensure the continuity and dynamism of Iranian architecture.
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