Shekili architecture building (Issa Khan House)

Issa Khan House was built from 1344 to 1346 and was his family home for 50 years. One of his granddaughters wanted to prevent the destruction of the house.  So, she brought us to the village (Kośal) of  Rudbānā in the beautiful city of Lahijan.

When we went to see the house, we saw the grandmother’s bag on the room’s wall, and the memories were on the walls and the furniture of the house. The year of construction of the house in 1346 was hand-crafted on the exterior wall of the room.

Finally, we bought the house and our project team moved it and relaunched it in 3 steps; disassembling, transporting, and reassembling.

We called the house “Shekili”. Shekili is a type of Vernacular Gilan houses. They lay down tree trunks to build its base. The trees overlap as shown in the figure. So that when an earthquake strikes, waves pass through them. Thus, these houses are called anti-earthquake.

Our Shekili house has 2 floors. The first floor (Room 2/ Jir-Otaq) is a large 20-meters room with a terrace. The second floor (Room 1/ Jor-Xaneh) has two 12-meters rooms and a large balcony (Talar), which has a view of the four sides of the house.

Our Rooms

Shekili House

Room 1

A unit with 6 traditional bedrolls, two 12 m2 rooms and a large balcony (Talaar) on the second floor of the Shekili architecture building. This balcony has a great view of the four sides of the house. The unit has a private restroom and shower located outside of the building, two mosquito net and two fans for summer, also an oil heater and a Korsi (traditional Iranian heater) for wintertime.

Room 2

It’s a twin room and 20 m2 size with 2 extra traditional bedrolls and large balcony located on the first floor of wooden Shekili building. Facilities are a mosquito net and a fan for summer, a wood heater for winter breeze, and a private restroom and a shower, located outside of the building.

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