Villa Magazine Interview


This is an interview with Dris Kettani by AmirAbbas Aboutalebi about villa typology, has been published in Villa Magazine, No.8

Villa Do you consider villas as an independent typology in architecture?

Kettani Yes, definitely, because it relates to the heart of architecture purpose, the shelter, a place we can live in peace and serenity and which can enhance our experience of life.

Villa Do you agree with this statement? “Designing villas is a more appropriate topic for practicing and experiencing the intellectual approach of leading architects and architectural offices.”

Kettani I would say maybe rather that it’s the most appropriate topic to feel the real nature of architecture and its impact on a human being, without of course reducing other typologies importance.

Villa Why sometimes architects call their villa project, a house?

Kettani Because the word “house” sounds more like “home” which of course touch more our sensitivity.

Villa In your opinion, what is the most distinct difference between a house and a villa?

Kettani I think a house relates more to the original understanding of shelter, home when a villa is something more sophisticated, generally in an urban context.

Villa Which category does your project belong to? Urban/rural villa, Permanent villa (residence)/  Temporary villa (leisure)

Kettani Permanent villa in an urban context

Villa If Villa Magazine was to throw a worldwide competition for villas, which kind of categorizing do you prefer?

A: Villas below 100 m², 100-250m², 250-500 m², 500-1000 m² and more

B: Mountain villas, Forest villas, Beach villas, Desert villas, …


250-500 m²

Desert villas

Villa What suggestions and criticisms do you have about our work?

Kettani I think that each project is a new challenge and that the aim is to be able to ask ourselves constantly, by avoiding the repetition of the same solutions again and again and keeping this spirit is a real goal. Also, the aim is to able to overlook the difficulties and to always have in mind the pleasure and the elevation architecture can give.


Hanieh Farajzadeh ll villanews