Giorgio Armani, the iconic designer who is currently celebrating an impressive four decades in the fashion industry, has committed to funding the glass and iron structure to cover the Villa Necchi Campiglio’s tennis court in Milan. The pledge marks a series of collaborations between Armani and the Fondo Ambiente Italian (FAI), the Italian national trust, and the 80-year-old designer is one of the key sponsors of the villa, which was transformed into a public museum in 2008.

Armani first partnered with the FAI in 1983 when the fashion house funded the restoration of the Abbey of San Fruttuoso in Camogli, a seaside village in Italy’s Liguria region.

"I was immediately impressed by Villa Necchi Campiglio's artistic and cultural richness: The building reflects a sophisticated and social, yet intimately Milanese lifestyle," said Armani, who is a member of the board of Friends of FAI, the association that promotes trust's projects in the U.S. "This is why I enthusiastically decided to give an additional contribution to the restoration and preservation of the villa's tennis court. Many years have passed since my first meeting with the FAI and we still share projects and a passion to preserve the wonderful works of human brilliance."