CASA DE VIDRO: architecture & design
Casa de Vidro (‘Glass House’) does not have walls. Located in the middle of a 7 thousand square meter garden in the region of Morumbi, in the south of São Paulo, the place is named for its glass structure. Dedicated to architecture, design and Brazilian art, this iconic house from 1951 is one of the main architectonic references in Brazil.
This house was the first project designed by the Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi, who also designed other famous landmarks like the Art Museum of São Paulo (MASP), SESC Pompeia and one of the main theaters in Brazil, Teat(r)o Oficina. Casa de Vidro was Lina and her husband Pietro’s home for more than 40 years, and became a meeting point for artists and intellectuals in Sao Paulo.
In 1987, the Ministry of Culture designated Casa de Vidro as a historical site. Today, it houses the Lina Bo and P.M. Bardi Institute, and hosts the couple's collection and temporary exhibitions. It is worth it to schedule a guided visit to get to know more about the house’s history as well as Lina and Pietro’s.
Guided visits require reservation by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). The tour is free and takes up to 40 minutes. During temporary exhibitions, the house opens to the public from Thursday to Sunday, from 10am to 4pm. There is no café or parking lot, but you can park your car on Casa de Vidro’s street. Pay close attention, because there are no signs indicating where the house is!
Inside Casa de Vidro, there is a tiny store where you can buy a miniature version of their most famous chairs. It is adorable! Also a bit hidden, so ask an employee to take you there! Have you ever been to Casa de Vidro? Share your experience with us!
Address: Rua General Almério de Moura, 200 - Vila Tramontano
Opening hours: Thursday to Sunday, from 10am to 4pm.
Not suitable for children.
No parking available.
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