Monday, October 20, 2008

People in Glass Houses

Lina Bo Bardi would have to be on any staunch modernist's list.

Bo Bardi was born in Rome, Italy, on 5 December, 1914. She graduated from the Architecture College of Rome University and, after having begun her professional life, she moved to Milan where she started to work in the office of GiĆ² Ponti.

Bo Bardi’s most recognisable construction, the "Glass House" was concluded in 1951. Built on a 7000 m2 piece of land, it was the first residence in the Morumbi neighborhood. It was gradually surrounded by species of the Atlantic Forest and its garden is, nowadays, a preserved sample of the old Brazilian Forest with rare plants.

Poignantly, she died in her own "glass house".

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