The beautiful Casa de Vidro, a 1951 modernist masterpiece in Morumbi, São Paulo, Brazil. It was the home of the architect Lina Bo Bardi, who also built São Paulo’s astonishing MASP art museum, and conjured SESC Pompeia from a former factory.
I’ve written about the Casa de Vidro in our English-language blog at Folha de S.Paulo this week - Concrete and jungle: São Paulo’s Glass House.
Alameda Franca – the entrance to my apartment building, São Paulo, Brazil. By Clairex on Flickr.
The stairs at Hospital das Clinicas, São Paulo, 2012. By archpic.
Lina Bo Bardi is an icon of modernist architecture in Brazil. Although born in Italy, she moved to São Paulo in 1946 because it had a profound effect on her creative thinking. While becoming a naturalized citizen in 1951, she completed her first project which also served as her home, the “Glass House”, in a town south of São Paulo. The house is now a national architectural monument and is known for its refined details and the use of items associated with advanced manufacturing techniques and for being an “open house”. The vertical structure of the house is composed of steel tubes, with slabs and other structural elements of reinforced concrete. Lina Bo bardi is also famous for designing the São Paulo Museum of Art, of which her husband Pietro Maria Bardi was curator.
São Paulo – a shock and awe kind of beauty
By Claire Rigby, at Folha de S.Paulo in English
Our beloved metropolis is aesthetically powerful, but in the traditional sense, it’s no looker. It’s a shame the architectural treasures we do have are so sparse and so unknown – because they are so very good …
There are plenty of cities that are a thrill to touch down in: the descent into Buenos Aires’s waterfront Aeroparque, for example, with the big baroque city reeling back from the mighty River Plate. But for scale, repetition and sheer persistence, São Paulo, spooling away endlessly to the horizon, is an impressive contender.
Architect Oscar Niemeyer’s national Congress building, Brasília, from Vincent Bevins’s blog in English, at Folha de São Paulo.
‘It’s not only that Oscar Niemeyer’s monumental creations evoke a mid-twentieth century vision of a utopian future. It’s also that they are plopped in the middle of the Planalto, or Brazil’s hot central plateau, where there was nothing before they decided to build a city there in the 1950s. So the structures jut into a huge and very blue sky.’
Department of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of São Paulo (USP).
Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo, Universidade de São Paulo.
Taken by nomadspirit, using Instagram.
SESC Pompéia cultural centre, São Paulo (1977).
The huge, stunning centre, which has spaces for gigs and shows, art exhibitions and workshops, plus a dentist and a library, was designed by Lina Bo Bardi. An Italian who immigrated to Brazil in 1946, aged 32, she was also the creator of São Paulo’s most iconic building, the MASP museum of art on Avenida Paulista.
’São Paulo homes 1947-1975’ – book launch (wait – 2nd edition book launch‽) at the Museu da Casa Brasileira on Thursday.
Lanzamiento de la segunda edición del libro ‘Residências em São Paulo’.
El libro presenta la obras fundamentales de la arquitectura moderna paulista. El lanzamiento es el día 10 de nov. en el Museu da Casa Brasileira.
Maksoud Plaza hotel, São Paulo, by Clairex on Flickr.
I’ve got another set of pix of this amazing hotel aqui-ó.
The Banespa building, downtown São Paulo, with the Martinelli building to the right and the Banco do Brasil to the left. Seen from the valley of Anhangabaú.
Palacio Barolo, Buenos Aires. You could walk past this magnificent building on Avenida de Mayo and barely notice it, unless you craned your neck.
Thirty years of retro-luxe stylings at the Maksoud Plaza, São Paulo’s original luxury hotel.