Fahadan is the most important historic district of Yazd. This project comprises the adaptive reuse of a number of historic houses to create a hotel complex, both to facilitate tourism and to educate visitors about the domestic culture of Persia. An important characteristic of the original urban fabric is the unique relationship between the individual dwellings and their entries. One group of houses is centred on a ‘darband’, a semi-private route through the buildings, while another group leads from a ‘hashti’ or enclosed space. The sequential hierarchy that these routes dictated has informed the decision making regarding new functions.