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Being on the go, fast food, 2X speeds, to do lists, so on and so forth, the so called metropolitan life comes a curse disguised as a blessing.
While we live longer, we live unhappier, and while we have everything, we cannot pause and actually grasp the beauty of any of it.
The world is at our fingertips but we're always on the tip of our toes. Our fast paced lives have started proving themselves unworthy with a dire need to be re-evaluated.
What we need is a pause, an innovative 21st century pause. A place to eat well, feel well and be well.
And although when living in Mashhad one is exposed to a variety of parks and gardens, there are not enough or any spaces for human interaction with a very important aspect of nature- animals; As Human companionship with animals has been strong since pre-historic times.
In an effort to find a solution for a plethora of issues such as need for human interaction with animals, need for bringing nature in indoor spaces, provision and creation of jobs and directing the course of the old traditional context of the city towards newer ideas but in a subtle way, we have designed "Habitat", a place for people from all stratas of the society.
In this project, we have revitalized the now abandoned Nakhrisi Factory, an industrial heritage and a building important to the history of contemporary architecture in Iran, and reimagined it as a thriving complex for catalyzing relationships and communication within humans and as a provider of spaces for people to interact with animals, books, and plants.
What we have in this complex are services in a spectrum ranging from veterinary facilities, pet hotel, pet cafes, a greenhouse thriving with flora and fauna of the region, classrooms and ateliers for propagating ideas and knowledge, and an intuitively designed library.
Since its inception, Nakhrisi was a pioneer and a landmark in bringing industrialism to Iran and played a crucial role in providing jobs to men and women alike; for this same reason we wanted to design a complex that would bring a spike in the neighborhood's economy and do so in an innovative way. And since pets are something still not widely accepted in the Iranian domestic middle class life, we decided to design a space that would act as a gateway between this hesitant attitude towards animals and turn it into a prospering relationship which in turn would result in booming mental health.
This space provides a mental pause and happiness for its customers and an increase in livelihood for the workers.
All in all, this pet cafe is more human focused than most human cafes are.
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