Colourful Domes Village in Hormuz Designed by ZAV Architects

Colourful Domes Village in Hormuz Designed by ZAV Architects

Iranian architectural firm ZAV Architects has designed 200 brightly coloured domes on the mesmerising colourful surreal island of Hormuz. The prime aim for creating ‘Presence in Hormuz’ was to empower the island’s local community. The second phase of this initiative is a multipurpose building called ‘Majara’ that connects the visitors with the local people of the area both economically and culturally. Did you find these small, colourful dome houses beautiful. Yes, they are. SURFACES REPORTER (SR) brings more information about these residences. Have a wonderful read:

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Described by ZAV Architects as a multipurpose "cultural residence", these vibrant villages, overlooking the Persian Gulf, are situated around five miles from the main town on the Iranian island of Hormuz.

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The architects explain “Hormuz is a formerly glorious historic port in the strategic strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, south of Iran, that controls the shipment of petroleum from the middle east.”

Sadly, the local inhabitants of this fascinating, ‘touristic and politically strategic island struggle economically, getting involved in illegal trafficking activities using their boats.’ 

Dome Design Details

The low-tech method is used to create each of the domes so that unskilled workers and local craftsmen can also contribute. “They all became trained masters and operators after work was due and continue to collaborate in projects inside and outside the island," said the studio.


The structure is made of stacked sandbags, which were filled with soil and sand dredged from the Hormuz dock. Steel supports these sandbags forms and the construction is finished with cement.

The architecture firm arranged these domes closely together to give the form a unique outline while also creating a sense of community. The small scale of domes makes them compatible with the constructing capabilities of the unskilled workers.

15 Holiday Homes with Multiple Facilities

The firm designed 15 holiday homes that occupy 200 vibrant domes of varying sizes. These domes are built with the ‘Superadobe’ technique developed by Iranian-born architect Nader Khalili. These awe-inspiring domes stand next to other interconnected-domed buildings containing cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops, and reception areas. There are also rooms dedicated to prayer, handicrafts, and even a tourist information area.


"This project scales down a larger development into a multitude of smaller spatial units, forming a field of colonies that interlace in a fluid fabric similar to that of a neighbourhood."

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Incorporating Island’s Geography and Colours

The colourful nature of the project features the topography of the island of Hormuz. "As the project is located in an open area a few kilometres away from the city, its spatial compartments, domes of different colours and sizes, create a skyline topography that matches itself to the colourful landscapes of the island,” said the studio. 


Residences With Colourful Exteriors and Interiors

The facade of all of the domes in the project has been coloured in bright shades of blue, yellow, red and green. Even the bold colours have been used inside the buildings as well. The interior walls are in matching shades and the furniture is painted in the same shades of blue, green, red and yellow to match.


"You cannot remove colour from the island of Hormuz – its coloured sand beaches change even the colour of the blue sea, nor of its people, for whom colour is an important mean of expression be it in their clothing, the interior of their houses, or even their food," said the studio.


The firm believes that ‘Architecture is a medium for creating and spreading a sensibility that reconsiders the conventional ways of seeing the status quo, in order to move towards change and improvement’.


The Architects try to achieve social change by : 1 Building economically 2. Earmarking a bigger share of the budget to labor costs rather than expensive imported materials, (this also benefits the local population by empowering them with construction skills); 3. An adaptive and future-proof spatial scenario that can respond to unpredictable needs, to the benefit of the client and the island; 4. using materials and human resources from iran, to reduce construction and transportation costs and increase the GDP, to the benefit of the whole country.

Project Details:

Project Name: Presence in Hormuz 02
Location: Hormuz Island, Iran
Completion Year: 2020
Area: 4000 sqm 
Architecture Firm: ZAV architects 
Owner: Ali Rezvani
Client: Ehsan Rasoulof
Photography: Tahmineh Monzavi, Soroush Majidi, Payman Barkhordari

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