Which comes first, the home or the place to which it belongs? In the case of Gray Villa, a project from White Cube Atelier, the space came first: an expanse of walnut, cherry, and apricot trees along the river; then, a large garden overlooking the plains near the mountain. In a natural symphony like this, a building rises up like a monument situated at the entrance of Maku, Iran. Here, Gray Villa interacts with modernity, breathing through the surrounding nature composed of irregular stone and soaring peaks. But it’s basalt stone, the material with which the home was constructed, that enriches the link between architecture and place.
Like a monument to grow within, the villa captures the light of the day, creating subtle nuances and shadows, amplifying the view onto the landscapes outside. The 100 square meters on which the building was placed is divided across various levels: from the yard, two metal staircases lead to a living room and kitchen. Meanwhile, the second floor above welcomes more intimate areas that can be reached through a cantilevered staircase. On the rooftop — a space connected via another staircase — sweeping views of the surrounding landscapes can be enjoyed.
The home’s gray facade is nestled between the embrace of nature. Its decomposed and unusual form is recounted to passersby as a modern nest, curious and sophisticated. The concrete construction communicates solidity. Gray Villa belongs to the terrain, just as the terrain belongs to her, where behind an array of lines lies a modern story.