Monday, May 25, 2015

{ Inspired By }

I managed to catch a few films at the Auckland Resene Architecture and Design Film Festival recently and saw a documentary on Italian born architect Lina Bo Bardi. The film focused on Lina's life and work in South America where she fled to with her husband, after the second world war. 

The body of her work is large and interesting, spanning architecture, furniture, jewellery, menus and theatres. Lina's Brutalist style and use is what makes it stand out from the crowd. Her focus on people, as well as the use of the building and the atmosphere a space creates, were the most important parts of any project.

I took a shine to one of her earlier works that she built in Sao Paulo in 1951: her own home, known as 'the glass house'. The entrance is via a stairwell from underneath, rather like entering a nest. Concrete, glass and steel set into the now jungle-like grounds has made for such a stunning home. I think I would feel like a bird in a tree living there – which is quite a magical feeling.


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