Architect Pierre Chareau (00:57)
Chareau built the Maison de Verre in Paris from1928 to 1932- part of the avant-garde movement whose modern style furniture was popular.
Decorator to Architect (01:31)
Dr. Dalsace and his wife admired Chareau's modern, articulated furniture of wood and metal. They charged him with building a new space within a structure they owned.
Glass Brick Facade (01:19)
A steel framework supported the two upper floors. Industrially made translucent glass bricks cover the facades on the courtyard.
Facade to a Private Garden (01:11)
Clear glass windows and a large terrace interrupt the opposing side facade of glass bricks.
Defined Areas (01:01)
The structure separated areas for the doctor's practice, a place for social life, service areas, and living spaces; each with private entrances.
Structural Effects Above Functionality (02:05)
Load bearing steel posts supported the three floors; the doctor's office has an unusually high ceiling.
Grand Staircase (02:45)
The suspended metal stairway covered with rubber treads leads to the first floor while displaying the glass wall; the structure becomes the decor.
Machine House Ventilation (01:23)
The translucent glass bricks allow light without extending out to the environment. Only the service areas have windows for ventilation.
Lighting System (01:50)
Floodlights illuminate the glass walls from the outside at night. The drawing room and social areas are in the front and private areas are in the back; all open freely with sliding metal partitions.
Open Floor Plan (01:57)
An intimate room on the first floor is the most open to the garden. The passage from the kitchen to the dining room has a revolving metal cylinder used as a broom closet.
Multiple Accesses (01:33)
A folding ladder led from the mistress' boudoir to the upstairs bedrooms that open to the large terrace. Windows slide open like those in train compartments.
Indistinguishable Architecture (01:34)
Chareau ensured privacy of the upstairs bedrooms with a passageway that extends over the drawing room. Along the passageway, the apparently solid wall consists of closet doors.
Metallic screens separate areas in the bathrooms and serve as storage spaces.
Ingenious Ironwork (03:07)
Louis Dalbet created a retracting stair, a pivoting screen that directs patients and family to their areas, and sliding-folding-rotating divisions.
Elite Style (00:60)
Using industrially designed materials and craftsmanship, Chareau designed a lifestyle for the wealthy elite.
Credits: La Maison De Verre: Architectures—Achievements in Modern Architecture (00:37)
Credits: La Maison De Verre: Architectures—Achievements in Modern Architecture
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