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Distant cultures have always inspired architects and designers who have the courage to draw on them and introduce their elements into their work.

As a result, some projects arouse admiration among recipients due to the unique atmosphere, obtained through appropriately selected patterns, textures, colours, furniture style, to small but significant interior accessories constituting decorative everyday objects.

Introducing elements of the culture of a given community means emphasizing its identity through architectural activities. It is a great responsibility of a designer who uses history, memories, associations and context to shape the final form of space. Building and reconstructing space to emphasize the creative process and emphasize the essence of experiencing culture is the main theme of the CultureFORM special category, where architects, designers and artists have the opportunity to present their concepts inspired by the culture of space. We present descriptions of projects submitted in the 1st stage of the Tubądzin Design Awards competition prepared by the authors and their works, whose common denominator is ethno.

Creativity and Architecture Center - Safavi House of History

Author: Arta Ahsannezhad, Iran

Co-author: Polsheer Architects

A historic house was purchased in the Julfa district. It was a legacy of the Safavid dynasty with authentic architecture that deteriorated in solitude. The house has been dubbed “Afarinesh (Creativity)” as an environment to develop and refine creative ideas to encourage reflection in the audience. Hundreds of people volunteered to help organize cultural and artistic at home. There were ideas for an art gallery and conference that attracted enthusiasts from all over the city. This turnout turned the Safavid home into a cultural base on the south bank of the river. The revitalization of the building inspired further changes in the area. Similar buildings in the neighborhood also became the basis for social life. Moving galleries and shops from all over the city to Julfa turned it into a cultural and artistic area. Today, Julfa has become a cultural and artistic part of Esfahan and meets the needs of the city and its inhabitants more dynamically than the area around Naqsh-e Jahan Square.

Women's House

Author: Hossein Mohammadpour, Iran

The of the Women’s House near the city of Qasr-e Qand in terms of form, content, materials used and geometry is in line with the climate and environment of the region. As a result, the inhabitants of the region perceive it as consistent with their native landscape. It is part of the culture of this place. The atmosphere of the place and the intimate atmosphere prevailing in it invite women and girls for whom this facility was built to meet. The proposed design pattern for a women’s home is based on an oval geometry which, due to its climate and high levels of sunlight, can control the amount of sunlight entering the building. Inside the building, there is a courtyard which directs and diffuses light rays into the interior.

A modern version of Bacówka

Author: Maksymilian Sejud, Poland

Bacówka is the perfect place to rest and relax in a picturesque area. The cottage is built right next to the forest. This project combines modernity and culture. For the floor, it was decided to use tiles imitating wood to get rid of water problems, such as snow melting from shoes when someone enters the building on a frosty day. The floor is made of Wood Cut Natural tiles and Torano Anthrazite tiles, additionally, on the floor, you can see a black ‘parzenice’ – it is a pattern or decorative embroidery ornament. Parzenica is an indispensable element of the Highlander culture. In Podhale and its vicinity, this pattern is often used, for example, on the facade of buildings, interior decoration and fashion.

Zulu Culture Centre

Author: Mansi Mittal, India

Co-author: Akshay Bisht, Tina Goyal

The project sheds light on the culture of the Zulu Tribe, one of South Africa’s largest ethnic groups. Cultural Center in Pietermaritzburg. The center will be an attraction for tourists, locals and tribes from all over the place. The Zulu people take pride in their ceremonies, such as the Umhlanga or the Reed Dance, and the various forms of bead-making. The art and ability of bead-making are involved in identifying the Zulu people and act as a form of communication.

Comfy living room

Author: Ayat Mostafa, Egypt

The idea behind the project is to create a living room marked with Arabic culture in a modern way. The project aims to create a modern living room in line with the elements of culture. It emphasizes the position that we cannot erase the culture and roots of people and order them to adopt a new one. It is a project that speaks of tolerance and respect for the context, as well as a protest against the international architectural tendency to create glass cubes, ignoring culture and the influence of climate on architecture, which varies depending on the country where the project is made.

A Pour to Heart

Author: Poornima Gupta, India

Co-author: Harbina Kaur, Heena Khan

“Take a breath and sit in your body, soften your throat, eyes, chest and heart”

“Pour To Heart” is a one-of-a-kind tea centre in Beijing, China. China’s culture would be nothing without experiencing the Tea Ceremony and learning about it as an integral part of a rich, centuries-old tradition. The Tea Experience Center was designed to restore the traditional “tea etiquette” culture and provide an atmosphere that not only meets the needs of the Chinese people but is also aimed at people travelling to China from all over the world. The entire space is connected by a colour palette inspired by the Ming Dynasty. The purpose of this place is to create a tourist attraction that promotes the traditional tea culture and provides a unique experience of keeping the memory of a dying tradition alive.

CultureFORM is creating space for #life #culture #human – it is a culture that gives us a place to live, inspires us and makes us who we are! Meet the winning project in the 1st stage of the “A Garden House In Faraashaah” competition, whose architecture corresponds to the characteristics of the desert.

The competition is ongoing – submit your project today. Culture sets our horizons, creates values ​​and provides emotions. Learn the rules on the contest website.

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