Name: House of Iran in Paris (Avicenne Foundation) Location: International University Campus of Paris, France Architect: Claude Parent, Mohsen Foroughi [→], Heydar Ghiai [→] Date: 1960 -1968
Completed in 1968 at the university campus of Paris, the House of Iran was the last of 38 buildings built on this large 35 acres site, dedicated to housing the international students. In the early 1960s, under the leadership of Farah Diba, the project of a building for students come from Iran to Paris, is handed to Claude Parent, André Bloc and two Iranian architects, Mohsen Foroughi and Heydar Ghiai.
The Avicenne Foundation, formerly Iran House, was the last residence to be built in the Cité internationale at the tail-end of the wave of construction that followed the Second World War. It opened its doors in 1969. Claude Parent, André Bloc, founder of the journal Architecture Aujourd’hui, and two Iranian architects, Heydar Ghiai and Mohsen Foroughi jointly designed the house.
A manifesto of contemporary architecture When it opened, the Avicenne Foundation was received by the public as a truly experimental construction. The structure is made up of three steel frames measuring some 38 metres high; blocks four-storeys high are suspended from the metal framework, and the living areas are contained within them. The building is closed on three sides by blank walls.
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