Iranian practice ZAV Architects drew on the colourful landscape of the island of Hormuz for this holiday community that is housed in around 200 brightly coloured domes overlooking the Persian Gulf.
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...the island has outstanding colorful surreal landscapes. Oddly, the local inhabitants of the beautiful, touristic and politically strategic island struggle economically, getting involved in illegal trafficking activities using their boats.
The domed accommodation was designed to encourage tourists to visit the island while being an alternative to standard high-rise holiday apartments. In total, the development contains 15 holiday homes that occupy multiple interconnected domes of varying sizes. These structures stand alongside other interconnected-domed buildings that contain restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops, tourist information and reception areas.
ZAV Architects arranged the domes closely together to create a sense of community and give the development a distinctive outline that was drawn from the island's natural forms.