Iranian architects fight to save Gio Ponti villa from bulldozers

By Saeed Kamali Dehghan Iran correspondent

Replacing Villa Namazee in Tehran with hotel reflects country's indifference to its contemporary heritage, say campaigners

A villa in northern Tehran designed by Gio Ponti is to be demolished and replaced by a five-star hotel, prompting outrage over the fate of the only intact building by the Italian architect in the Middle East.

Built in the early 1960s in the wealthy Niavaran district, the Villa Namazee was previously listed as a national treasure. But a court decision has given its current owner permission to delist it, paving the way for the construction of a 20-storey hotel.

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Source: Iranian architects fight to save Gio Ponti villa from bulldozers