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AD Classics: Maison de Verre / Pierre Chareau + Bernard Bijvoet

AD Classics: Maison de Verre / Pierre Chareau + Bernard Bijvoet
AD Classics: Maison de Verre / Pierre Chareau + Bernard Bijvoet, © Wikimedia user: Subrealistsandu
© Wikimedia user: Subrealistsandu

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From the architect. Designed by Pierre Chareau and Bernard Bijvoet, the Maison de Verre translated as “House of Glass,” is a milestone in early modern architectural design. 

© Wikimedia user: Subrealistsandu
© Wikimedia user: Subrealistsandu

Built in 1932, the house uses various industrial and mechanical fixtures juxtaposed with a traditional style of home furnishings all under the transparency and lightness of the façade. 

© Wikimedia user: Subrealistsandu
© Wikimedia user: Subrealistsandu

Unable to expel an elderly woman on the top floor, the house was engraved underneath an existing apartment. As such, the house uses skeleton frame steel construction allowing a free plan and the use of omnipresent lightweight materials, such as glass and glass block.

© Wikimedia user: Subrealistsandu
© Wikimedia user: Subrealistsandu

An interesting aspect of this house is the ubiquitous mechanical fixtures. On the ground floor was a medical suite for Dr. Jean Dalsace. 

This unusual circulation arrangement was resolved by a rotating screen which hid the private stairs from patients during the day, but framed the stairs at night. 

© Wikimedia user: Subrealistsandu
© Wikimedia user: Subrealistsandu

Other mechanical components include an overhead trolley from the kitchen to dining room, a retracting stair from the private sitting room to a bedroom, and complex bathroom cupboards and fittings.

© Wikimedia user: Subrealistsandu
© Wikimedia user: Subrealistsandu

Spatial division inside is customizable by the use of sliding, folding, and rotating screens in glass, sheet or perforated metal.

© Wikimedia user: Subrealistsandu
© Wikimedia user: Subrealistsandu

The honesty of materials, variable transparency of forms, and the juxtaposition of “industrial” materials and traditional home décor makes Maison de Verre a landmark in 20th century architecture.

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Cite: Brian Pagnotta. "AD Classics: Maison de Verre / Pierre Chareau + Bernard Bijvoet" 27 Jun 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/248077/ad-classics-maison-de-verre-pierre-chareau-bernard-bijvoet/>
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Vlanka Catalan · December 09, 2014

Though acknowledged at the time as a ground breaking use of
modern building materials, the most significant contribution of the Maison de Verre to modern architecture can be found in the complexity of its domestic interior. The program of the Maison de Verre incorporates both a house and a gynecological practice. The continuous habitation of Maison de Verre throughout history is a testament to the livability of the house, despite the combination of both private and public spaces under a single roof.

ahmad sadek · October 03, 2013

i like it so match and i take a garden of this project and use it in my project

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