The last episode of “Domus Eyes on Iran” at Villa Namazee by the Italian Embassy in Tehran

The famous Italian architecture and design magazine Domus is about to publish a special brochure entirely dedicated to Iran and specifically to the “Domus Eyes on Iran” project of the Italian Embassy in Tehran. The booklet, which will be attached to the November issue of Domus magazine and distributed in 89 countries for an expected total of 50,000 copies, was presented at an exclusive event that took place in the gardens of the Villa Namazee. Villa Namazee is a residential building located in the Niavaran district in the north of Tehran, designed by the great Italian architect Gio ‘Ponti between the 1950s and 1960s. It is actually one of only three residential buildings (both others being in Venezuela) designed by Gio ‘Ponti, existing outside Europe.

The booklet on “Domus Eyes on Iran” is the result of a large-scale initiative to highlight the special role played over the past 70 years by Iranian architecture and design on the world stage and the fruitful cooperation established with Italian architects.

Commenting on this special issue, Italian Ambassador to Iran Giuseppe Perrone said that bilateral cultural relations between Italy and Iran have traditionally been built on a solid foundation of trust, familiarity and mutual respect, adding that Villa Namazee embodies this extraordinary story of collaboration. and trade between the two countries. Referring to the unique role Domus magazine has played in its almost 100 years since its birth, during which it has represented the most eminent voice in architecture and design globally, Perrone thanked all Iranian and Italian architects, researchers and professionals who made it possible that this initiative will become one of the most successful examples of cultural cooperation between Rome and Tehran.

The initiative includes 10 episodes that take viewers back in time to discover the top stories featuring Iran published by Domus magazine over the past seven decades. Each episode focuses on a different work done in Iran by Iranian or Italian architects and designers, thus highlighting the importance of Iran in the history of modern architecture and design and its continued and fruitful relationship with the Italy.

The last episode of "Domus looks at Iran" at Villa Namazee by the Italian Embassy in Tehran

During the event, the tenth and final episode of the “Domus Eyes on Iran” series was screened, starring Villa Namazee herself. As the episode by Salvatore Licitra, Ponti’s grandson and curator of the Ponti Archives indicates, Villa Namazee represents one of the freest and most complete expressions of Ponti’s architectural production.

In the same interview, Licitra recalls the special interest shown by the famous Italian architect for the Islamic world and the crucial role he attributed to the dialogue between different civilizations as the highest expression of culture, as evidenced by the resonance acquired over the years by the spectacular works he has produced in countries such as Iran and Pakistan.

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