Born Achillina Bo in 1914 in Italy, Lina Bo Bardi is an architect known throughout the world for her thoughtful creations, but also for the scale and fluidity of the spaces she has created throughout her life. This multi-faceted Italian artist is also a major name in the Modern Movement, advocating spontaneity, inspiration of social feeling, and emphasizing that a building must be an organism adapted to the life it will host.
Combining the daily use and energy of its inhabitants, Lina Bo Bardi enjoys using the term ‘substances’ instead of ‘materials’ in the design, including the air, light, nature, and art – a field dear to the artist. Throughout her life, she has accumulated several works of art, not to mention those she has created, in the colors of cultures and social movements.
In 1946 she decided, with her husband Pietro Maria Bardi, to leave Europe and settle in Brazil. A country where everything was still to be built, where her imagination could express itself freely, thanks to the prosperity it was experiencing and the vitality of the Brazilian architectural scene. While there, the couple met great names, such as Oscar Niemeyer, who designed the United Nations headquarters in New York, the headquarters of the French Communist Party, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Niterói, Brazil. An architect and designer who allowed the Italian architect to conceive and design an innovative space called MASP in São Paulo, an art museum in the center of the city.
A few years later, Lina Bo Bardi imagined, in the neighborhoods of Morumbi Park, what would be her most beautiful achievement but also her home. She presented it as a place of experimentation by merging air, light, and artworks while remaining minimalist and modern, playing with the openings and windows to achieve a poetic shadow play. The Casa de Vidro proposes a significant association between the tree and the staircase for a spatial articulation and ease of movement inside the house, attesting to her work on the magnitude and fluidity of the imagined spaces.
Following her death in 1992 in São Paulo, Lina Bo Bardi’s legacy is as a visionary who left behind a place that crosses the years and still interests visitors, the curious, tourists, and creative people from all over the country who flock there to capture timeless images.