Abyanah is a small village close to Natanz, located in the mountain valley of Barz-Rud. The village is known for its vernacular architecture and customs. Its architecture developed to suit the steeply sloping ground on which the village is built: houses are built close to one another on terraces and consist of several stories. They overlook the valley below through latticed windows. Wood is used extensively, and the city's congregational mosque is known for its wooden ceilings and furniture.
The village of Abianeh is renowned for its historic red mud-brick structures. Restoring this built fabric, and in the process revitalising the whole community, is the aim of this project. The work to date has encompassed the restoration of a mosque, school and house, as well as numerous smaller-scale interventions. Examples include replacing damaged timber windows and doors with replicas of the original, teaching traditional handcrafts and organising exhibitions. All of the work has been based on a thorough architectural and economic analysis of the village, focusing on its potential as a tourist destination.