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Maison de Verre

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Pierre Chareau, Bernard Bijvoet
location Paris
function private house
contributed by Michael_Noordam

Interior designer Chareau joined efforts with licensed architect Bernard Bijvoet to design what would be part gynological clinic for Dr. Dalsace and part private residence for the doctor and his wife, Annie. The remarkable Maison de Verre (glass house) was inserted into an existing building and is one of the greatest houses of the International Style, adding materials the movement had never used before in such an extent to create a work of architectural genius -- a structure that is fully functional and fully aesthetic in its simplicity. The steel frame allowed for complete freedom of internal space. The glass block wall itself, is able to stand alone without a heavy frame breaking its pattern. Ventilation through the glass block wall is provided by a series of movable traps. A not-so-complicated weight and pulley system opens the window panels, allowing for natural ventilation. This unique system causes a minimum of visual impact on the glass facade of the structure.

Roderick says:
and for those at home: a nice video tour: Maison de Verre on Vimeo
Rotterdam, Netherlands 19-Sep-10
Roderick says:
not sure if this information is still accurate, but for those planning to visit: "Ordinary citizens may visit Thursdays at 2 PM, but one must reserve well in advance (Telephone; only 10 persons are allowed per visit. cost: 40 Euros"
Rotterdam, Netherlands 19-Sep-10
BB says:
Anyone know how to access it?
I was at 31 Rue Saint-Guillaume but couldn't see how to get to the courtyard with the house.
kol says:
Great place, you gotta see this
Copenhagen, Denmark 28-Mar-08
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Maison de Verre
Rue Saint-Guillaume 31
Project is public!
Opening hours The house is still inhabited by the grandchild of the original client. The Maison de verre is open for a limited number of visits by appointment. Group visits for schools of architecture are given priority. The visits will be organized on Fridays at 2 and 3:30PM and are limited to a maximum of 10 people per group. Language: English. Duration: 1,5 hours. Costs: € 20,- pp for teachers/students; € 40,- pp for other visitors. For more info and reservations: email
How to get there? Métro : 12, Rue du bac
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Completion 1932
Floor area/size 576 m2
Main designer, ArchitectPierre Chareau
ArchitectBernard Bijvoet
Client docteur Dalsace
Project ID 607
Latitude/Longitude 48°51'14N 02°19'41E
Contributed by Michael_Noordam
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