The ‘Closet’ Space, a Private Landscape in Traditional Iranian House (Case Study: Reviewing Some Traditional Houses in Yazd City)

Document Type : Research Article


1 Assistant Professor of Research, ACECR, Tehran, Iran.

2 Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, Science and Arts University, Yazd, Iran.


Problem statement: A number of theories have been proposed about the relation between culture, lifestyle, architecture, and spatial structure. The ‘Closet-Space’ or ‘Sandogh-Khaneh’ is an example of this implication. It was considered as a side element in traditional Iranian houses that used to assist the architect in creating the spatial proportions in some cases, but actually, it had a functional role in creating the interior space in traditional Iranian houses.
Research objective: The purpose of this research study is to investigate the role and function of the ‘closet space ‘and to address its location in traditional Iranian houses; A few Yazd traditional houses have been considered as a case study.
Research method: The research adopted the analytical- descriptive analysis. Following the collection of the data through the bibliographic method, and observations were carried in the field. In bibliographic studies, various resources such as books, prestigious journals, and architectural plans were used for gathering the required information.
Conclusion: The findings of the study showed that ‘closet space’ used to play a functional role in creating the privacy and interior space of traditional Iranian houses. A kind of space was allocated for recreation, prayer, meditation, or storage of various tools and equipment; A place next to the key spaces of the house or in a corner place of that space, where its function was also affected by the location.


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