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An Adaptive Reuse Plan for the Yesayan House in New-Julfa (Iran, Isfahan):
The building of this house dates back to more than a hundred years ago. The owner was a famous businessman who was one of the immigrants of this special region of Armenians, but unfortunately, the house has been left by heirs. Initially, this house was a single storey warehouse, and over time by building the second floor over the weak arches of the first floor, it changed its usage to a house.
Once a building’s function becomes redundant, adapting it to a new use provides for its future. Work to heritage buildings should conserve what is important about them, and provide the opportunity to reveal and interpret their history, alongside providing sustainable long-term uses.
The intention of designing a reuse plan for the Yesayan House is to achieve sustainable cultural, social and economic development. By means of this plan, the next phase is to evoke local investors to restore this building with the identity of the historical urban fabric of New-Julfa district.
The feasibility, and to a certain extent, the outcome of an adaptive reuse project is primarily influenced by physical, economic, functional, environmental, political, social, and cultural factors. Considering these factors helped me to decide for converting it to a pioneer village museum because of the following reasons;
• The capability of implementing a usage by which the amount of human movement can be controlled to avoid further damage due to its antiquity and its low bearing capacity.
• Existence of long rooms. Not only are they suitable for gallery or museum usages, but also, they are other technical limitations which prevent us from further functions: dividing rooms by additional walls destroys the structure of the arches, and the originality and character of the building get damaged.
• Lack of civic buildings in this district.
• Tourism development.
• Events to encourage visitors to explore the past, while reflecting on our present. Moreover, it can help people apply the history of life to build a better future in their communities.
• Bringing people together to increase interactions and spread creativity by getting acquainted with the arts and lifestyle of Armenian immigrants.
What is a pioneer village museum?
This could be a kind of building, which you can look toward local history displays. In other words, we illustrate different aspects of Armenian lifestyle in each room, such as special skills which were dedicated to them, and they brought them to Iran when they immigrated. This will be a community hub where people come together to learn, share stories, and build relationships through progressive, fun, and vibrant experiences and they meet costumed educators who demonstrate and involve visitors with trades and crafts common in the 19th -20th centuries. A new place for gift shop has designed which sales handcrafts, and in the yard, there is a pleasant place for serving drinks and snacks.
This could be the first building in Iran that introduces and keeps the history of its country alive with a dynamic approach.
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School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi
Singapore & Canada
Kazan State University of Architecture and Engineering