Architecture: La Maison de Verre

From time to time, we’re going to do posts on architecture that we love.  So today, we thought we’d start with La Maison de Verre in Paris.  Verre means glass in French… which I’m sure you could guess anyway by the glass block facade!  This was a private home built for a French doctor completed in 1932. It’s a great example of early modern style.

photo credit: New York Times, François Halard

The design was a collaboration by Pierre Chareau (a furniture and interiors designer), Bernard Bijvoet (a Dutch architect) and Louis Dalbet (a craftsman metalworker).  It is made of steel and glass blocks.  Amazing for the time!  It is located at 31 Rue Saint-Guillaume in the 7th arrondissement. You would never guess it’s there because it is hidden behind a typical looking street facade that leads to a courtyard where the Maison is.  You can read more about La Maison de Verre here and here.