When politics and architecture come together: Hormuz Island in Iran is a formerly glorious historic port in a strategic strait that controls the shipment of petroleum from the Middle East. Now an interesting architecture project empowers the local community and interacts with the heritage of the country in an impressive way.
A VILLAGE TO EMPOWER THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
The local inhabitants of the beautiful, touristic and politically strategic island struggle economically, getting involved in illegal trafficking activities using their boats. The projects „Presence in Hormuz“ is a series of urban developments by a semi-public institution that hired ZAV architects in order to empower the local community of the island. The result is this colorful village built with the innovative and simple technique using rammed earth and sand.
„Presence in Hormuz“ is a ongoing project aiming at building trust and advantages for the people rather than only creating impressive architectural objects, in order to encourage the participation of local people and the inclusion of their interests within their architecture on the island. Hormuz Island is already well-known among travelers who appreciate the rainbow-colored hills.
The whole village was built using materials and human resources from Iran, to reduce construction and transportation costs and increase the GDP. The small scale of the houses makes them compatible with the building skills of local craftsmen and unskilled workers, which have been prepared for this project with previous smaller projects before they started working on the colorful village at Hormuz Island.
Photo credit: Soroush Majidi, Tahmineh Monzavi, DJI