Balconies consigned to oblivion in İranian residential buildings the case of Tehran, İran

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The present study examines critically the present condition of one of the integral architectural elements; balconies of residential buildings in Iran. Balconies, more than their functional properties serve as a public realm of in-between space, in order to satisfy human physical and psychological needs. Present conditions of the balconies of apartments in Iran-Tehran show that these balconies are consigned to oblivion due to their nonfunctional properties and meaningless presence for their users. Following an overview of the present improper formal and functional conditions of the balconies in Iran-Tehran, the cultural, social, political, economical, geographical and environmental reasons behind them will be underlined. Also the study aims to question the significance and the meaning of a public realm of inbetween space of indoor–outdoor, public –private for the domestic life of the Iranian people in dwellings. In this thesis the matter of losing vitality of balconies and turning to faded components in the urban landscape and the face of the cities in Iran is emphasized. Therefore, demonstrating the explicit reasons behind disutility of balconies and considering the existing condition of balconies in the society is aimed. Also proving the features which can make it a beneficial semi-open space in domestic buildings and highlighting the crucial role of this element in human life will be underlined. 


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Citation Formats
M. Safarkhani, “Balconies consigned to oblivion in İranian residential buildings the case of Tehran, İran,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2016.