Villa Farm (Off-grid prototype)

A Creation by AA Design Atelier
Amir Abbas Aboutalebi
Area: 35 m²
Strategic advisors:
Professor Rana Zadeh,
M.Arch., Ph.D., Associate AIA, LEED AP, EDAC, is an associate professor and the co-director and co-founder of the Health Design Innovations Lab (HDIL, affiliated with the Institute for Healthy Futures) in the Department of Design & Environmental Analysis at Cornell University and a Visting Associate Professor,at the Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia.
Dr. Behzad Sadat,
M.S Sharif University of Technology, M.S Tokyo Institute of Technology, Ph.D., University of Michigan, Post Doctoral Stanford University, and former Researcher at Georgia Institute of Technology and former Energy Technologist at the Google research.

In the bustling cities of Iran, a conflict arises between the desire for a peaceful retreat and the environmental concerns associated with villa life. Addressing this dilemma, AA Design Practice/Design Atelier has introduced “Villa Farm,” an off-grid prototype that aims to create self-sufficient villas while minimizing ecological damage. This project seeks to harmonize the need for escape from city life stresses with sustainable practices and a deep connection to nature.


In response to the growing conflict between the desire for a peaceful retreat from urban life and the environmental hazards posed by villa construction in Iran, AA Design Practice and Design Atelier have unveiled its off-grid prototype, Villa Farm, located in the heart of natural elements in Damavand-Iran. This project aims to address the urgent need for Iranians to escape from the frantic urban lifestyle while minimizing ecological damage and maximizing dialogue with nature. By incorporating self-sufficiency, optimized water supply systems, renewable energy resources, and vernacular construction techniques, Villa Farm offers a sustainable solution to the modern Iranian lifestyle. Villa Farm’s primary objective is to create self-sufficient villas that minimize volume or mass constraints. By carefully considering the design and layout of each villa, AA Design Practice/Design Atelier have managed to optimize space utilization without compromising on comfort or functionality. The villas are designed so as to maximize natural light and ventilation while minimizing energy consumption. One of the key challenges in creating sustainable villas is ensuring an efficient water supply system. Villa Farm tackles this issue by incorporating innovative water management techniques inspired by Ab-Anbar storage system. These measures not only reduce dependence on external water sources but also minimize wastage and promote responsible water usage. To further enhance sustainability, Villa Farm integrates renewable energy resources into its design. Solar panels will be strategically placed on rooftops to harness solar energy efficiently. This clean energy source powers various aspects of villa life, including lighting, heating, cooling systems, and electrical appliances. By reducing reliance on fossil fuels for energy demands, Villa Farm significantly reduces its Carbon footprint. In addition to its focus on self-sufficiency and renewable energy sources, Villa Farm embraces vernacular construction techniques that minimize ecological damage. The use of locally-sourced materials and traditional building methods not only reduce the environmental impact but also promotes cultural heritage and craftsmanship. These techniques ensure that the villas blend harmoniously with their natural surroundings, fostering a deeper connection with nature. Villa Farm goes beyond mere sustainability by prioritizing a meaningful dialogue with nature. Each villa is designed to offer panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, allowing residents to immerse themselves in the picturesque environment. Outdoor spaces are carefully planned to encourage outdoor activities and promote a sense of tranquility. The integration of green spaces, gardens, and natural elements further enhances the connection between residents and nature. Villa Farm represents a groundbreaking approach to addressing the conflict between Iranians’ desire for a retreat from city life stresses and the environmental hazards posed by traditional villas. By incorporating self-sufficiency, optimized water supply systems, renewable energy resources, and vernacular construction techniques, AA Design Practice/Design Atelier has created an off-grid prototype that minimizes ecological damage while maximizing dialogue with nature. Villa Farm serves as an inspiring example of how architecture can strike a balance between modern lifestyle aspirations and environmental responsibility.


 Villa Magazine Issue No.14 - Editorial