Family Matters

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July 18, 2011
Originally published in A New Slant on Family Fun

The open spaces and transparency of modern architecture turn out to be extremely useful when there’s a house full of relatives.

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  In her spacious kitchen, Mahnaz Fashandi prepares for Persian New Year with her brother Mohsen and her parents Mohammad and Azam.
    In her spacious kitchen, Mahnaz Fashandi prepares for Persian New Year with her brother Mohsen and her parents Mohammad and Azam.
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  From the street, the house maintains a low profile, saving the architectural surprises for the inside.  Courtesy of justin fantl photography.
    From the street, the house maintains a low profile, saving the architectural surprises for the inside. Courtesy of justin fantl photography.
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  The open dining space accommodates groups such as Fashandi’s book club with ease.
    The open dining space accommodates groups such as Fashandi’s book club with ease.
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  A feast that includes stuffed tomatoes and giant meatballs called “koofteh."
    A feast that includes stuffed tomatoes and giant meatballs called “koofteh."
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  The architecture mixes Douglas fir beams and exposed steel framing, achieving its soaring spaces without pretentiousness.  Courtesy of justin fantl photography.
    The architecture mixes Douglas fir beams and exposed steel framing, achieving its soaring spaces without pretentiousness. Courtesy of justin fantl photography.
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  Fashandi arranges flowers and greenery for Persian New Year, which is a celebration of spring.
    Fashandi arranges flowers and greenery for Persian New Year, which is a celebration of spring.
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  The square fountain at the courtyard's center is a modern rendition of a very traditional feature in many Middle Eastern homes.  Courtesy of justin fantl photography.
    The square fountain at the courtyard's center is a modern rendition of a very traditional feature in many Middle Eastern homes. Courtesy of justin fantl photography.
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  The visible structural engineering is part of the beauty of the home’s design. At the roof corner, a double-channel steel hip beam and cantilevered wood rafters come together like pieces of a puzzle.
    The visible structural engineering is part of the beauty of the home’s design. At the roof corner, a double-channel steel hip beam and cantilevered wood rafters come together like pieces of a puzzle.
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  An interior view of the same corner.
    An interior view of the same corner.
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  Tension rods provide bracing for the glass walls, and exposed bolts reveal how everything is put together.  Courtesy of justin fantl photography.
    Tension rods provide bracing for the glass walls, and exposed bolts reveal how everything is put together. Courtesy of justin fantl photography.
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  Another view of the tension rods.  Courtesy of justin fantl photography.
    Another view of the tension rods. Courtesy of justin fantl photography.
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  Jawed Umerani, who did the structural engineering on the house himself, likes to work on blueprints in the front room.
    Jawed Umerani, who did the structural engineering on the house himself, likes to work on blueprints in the front room.
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  The master bedroom has sliding doors that connect directly to the backyard.  Courtesy of justin fantl photography.
    The master bedroom has sliding doors that connect directly to the backyard. Courtesy of justin fantl photography.
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  In the living room, Fashandi enjoys lounging in the Saarinen Womb chair by Knoll near the fireplace. The red wall is flanked by thin windows, causing it to glow in the sunlight.  Courtesy of justin fantl photography.
    In the living room, Fashandi enjoys lounging in the Saarinen Womb chair by Knoll near the fireplace. The red wall is flanked by thin windows, causing it to glow in the sunlight. Courtesy of justin fantl photography.
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  Outside, the back of the fireplace functions as a minimalist sculpture.  Courtesy of justin fantl photography.
    Outside, the back of the fireplace functions as a minimalist sculpture. Courtesy of justin fantl photography.
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  In the backyard, Umerani and Fashandi decided to limit the lawn to minimize water consumption.  Courtesy of justin fantl photography.
    In the backyard, Umerani and Fashandi decided to limit the lawn to minimize water consumption. Courtesy of justin fantl photography.
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