Photographer's Note

Here is photo of Iran ancient air-condition that I have taken in one of those wonderful teahouses in Kerman, which was originally beautiful bath house. As everyone is smoking water pipe, smoke from it nicely rises up and beautifully mixes with sunlight.

Buildings in the Iranian desert regions are constructed according to the specific climatic conditions and differ with those built in other climates. The desert buildings are equipped with air traps, arched roofed, water reservoirs with arched domes and ice stores for the preservation of ice.

Air trap was the specific feature of architecture in the majority of warm regions. In ancient times the architects were obliged to rely on natural energies to render the inside condition of the buildings pleasant. Since in arid and dry climates the daytime in summer is very warm and at nights cold, traditional Iranian architects benefited from this vast difference of temperature to cool the house. Air traps were normally in a suitable location in the house according to the size of the building, the number of air traps that was necessary to cool the summer apartment.


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