Fondation AVICENNE


History

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.

Iran House at the Cité internationale

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, Hedar Ghiai and Mossem Foroughi jointly designed the house.

Did you know?
The building was originally designed taller, but its height exceeded the regulatory limit. As a result, the construction permit was denied several times.

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.

Did you know?
This modern building is an urban landmark which is visible from the nearby ring road.