Casa de Vidro / Tapio Snellman / 2012

Casa de Vidro / Tapio Snellman / 2012


Footnotes

Tapio Snellman’s film of The Glass House and gardens (in which her tortoise still roams) is a poignant reminder of Bo Bardi’s absence, but more importantly, of her continuing presence through the work, objects and writings she left behind. Above all, she integrated art with life, conviction with playfulness, and creativity with honesty, in what she gave and how she lived. ➡︎

Great swaths of unspoiled vegetation had already been cleared in 1950, when the new road was cut. An environmentalist long before the term existed, Bo Bardi had the forest replanted around the building. Even though the entire area is now built up and the wildcats are long since gone, the lots are large and densely planted, and the Glass House is almost invisible from the road, concealed by a thick screen of vegetation. Though Bo Bardi would later challenge the opposition of nature and culture, the contrast between the abstract aesthetic of steel and glass and the lush green of the forest was an important element of her parti from the start. ➡︎


Sources

◼︎ The Intimate World of Lina Bo Bardi / Noemí Blager / Lina Bo Bardi: Together / 2012

◼︎ After the Flood / Esther da Costa Meyer / Harvard Design Magazine / 2002

▶︎ Casa de Vidro / Tapio Snellman / Architecture Player / 2012


The Glass House / Pedro Kok & Gabriel Kogan / 2014

The Glass House / Pedro Kok & Gabriel Kogan / 2014

The Design (Projekt) / Jirí Barta / 1981

The Design (Projekt) / Jirí Barta / 1981