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Observatory in the desert
Tabas, Iran
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Location:
Tabas, Iran
Category:
education
Phase:
in use
Updated:
12 August 2021
This project is going to revive the abandoned earthen village of Esfahk by attracting the attention to the starry sky of this part in the middle of the desert.
This project has been made hundred present from local material (adobe and cob) and in collaboration of locals and students from different cities.
We intended to revive the traditional techniques for contemporary structures that bring harmony to the site.
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Introduction
In this project we used the same traditional construction material and defined a contemporary structure that shows these sustainable materials can be used to respond to our needs for today. Three earthen technics have been used in this single project. 1- Cob walls, 2- Mud-breaks and3- traditional cooked bricks.
This project has been realized in two weeks and 10 students that gathered for a hands-on workshop. 
general view and the model

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Impact
In two ways the project contribute to the long-term development. First by atracting the visitors and explorers to the village, they will stay in renovated mud-brick house of the abondad village and brig money to the community of the villagers that now they are living nearbye. Next by its architecture and show the important role of these traditional materials in the context and for the future development
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Core team
The first part of the project started with meeting villagers that wanted to revive the old part of the village (this earthen part was abounded after 1979 Tabas Earthquake). In that meeting the villagers came to the idea of having an observatory to attract tourists and people living around Esfahk historical village. 
In the second phase a group of the villagers produced mud-bricks that the participants in the workshop (students) covered the cost. The construction of the observatory also done together  with this team and the students, in which the students also learned traditional technics of making cob walls and adobe walls.
In the third phase, the council of the village covered the rest of the budget to finish the work. After that from 2017 till now a local guy named Mehdi Hoseinimoghadam is the tour guide of the observatory (to describe the starry skye of the location) and use this observatory.
Project:
Observatory in the desert
Consultant and design: Pouya Khazaeli 
Under construction

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Image gallery
aerial, the village-01

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aerial-location in the village

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Construction

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during construction

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village and observatory

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Three Material of the project

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near and far

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observatory and the wall

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walk trough

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top view

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in use

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in use-2

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Technical drawings
plan

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section

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site plan

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Where are we now
The project is already there but we need to renovate it and provide observing tools for the project. 
At this moment after nearly 5 years we need to repair the observatory. Specially the floor  and stairs of the observatory are needed to be covered by bricks, because at the time of the construction we had limited budget and used the same mud-bricks of the walls to create the stairs that are broken now. Also the floor need to be leveled again. We should also provide a suitable cover to put over the middle wall of the observatory. Finally with your support we are looking forward to provide an explora dome (observing room) to be placed in the middle of the project.
An indication of our team’s capacity:
100% expertise already found
100% materials / equipment already found
100% builders already found
Finance: € 3,000
We will need 1500 Euros to renovate the project and also looking forward to provide a rotating observing room that cost another 1500 Euros. 
  • Renovation
1,500
  • Observing room to be installed
1,500
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