Today I’m loving Casa de Vidro, the former home of architect Lina Bo Bardi (1914-1992) and her husband Pietro Maria Bardi. She was highly regarded as one of São Paulo’s most influential architects, and this, her home, was a her legacy. Built in 1951, the glass walled house floats above the rainforest, while also appearing to be part of it. In the house, there are zones for different functions- a dining room, a library, and a sitting area around the freestanding fireplace- but the glass walls and surrounding forest unify them. Technically the glass panels do slide open, but there is no balcony to step out onto. Most recently, the house was open to an exhibition this spring, in which people were allowed inside ten at a time. The place is truly stunning. The leather chairs around the coffee table in that corner are just so glorious, I had to post every picture I found of them. I love seeing fully preserved spaces.
Photos via Architectuul.
I’m in Connecticut for the weekend and I’m hoping to finally make it to Phillip Johnson’s Glass House.