A villa in northern Tehran, Iran, designed by famed Italian designer Gio Ponti is under threat of being demolished. Built in the early 1960s in the wealthy Niavaran district, the lavishly decorated midcentury plaza, dubbed the Villa Namazee, has been previously listed as a national treasure. However, a recent court decision has given its current owner permission to take away this designation, paving the way for the construction of a potential hotel.

And since this is the only surviving building by the Italian architect, the possible demolition has caused outrage among Iranian architects. The site is part of a threesome of buidlings designed by Ponti—the other two, Villa Planchart and Villa Arreaza, reside in Venezuela—and are regarded as a source of inspiration for many Middle Eastern architects, including the late Zaha Hadid.

To read more about how the contemporary site is threatened, head to The Guardian.

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