This year, it is one of our most important goals to expand the Iconic Houses network in Central and South America. Our efforts began with a working visit to Brazil in January, during which we visited a number of important house museum by architects including Oscar Niemeyer, Lina Bo Bardi and Oswaldo Bratke, and met with curators and other professionals. Here is our report!
Welcome Casa de Vidro in São Paolo !
An icon of Brazilian Modernism, the Casa de Vidro (Glass House) was the first project built by Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi in 1950. Its name comes from its imposing glass façade, which seems to float on a structure of slender columns. It was home to Lina Bo and Pietro Maria Bardi for 40 years and today houses the head office of the Bardi Institute, which promotes architecture, design and popular art.
Rio de Janeiro's Museu Chácara do Céu joins us !
Architect Wladimir Alves de Souza designed Chácara do Céu for industrialist and patron of the arts Raymundo Ottoni de Castro Maya, to replace an earlier residence on the same site which he had inherited. The new 1950s structure features modern lines and is beautifully integrated with the gardens, enhancing the magnificent views of Rio de Janeiro and Guanabara Bay. Nowadays the house is open to the public as an art museum. 
More to Explore - Cap Moderne
Eileen Gray's Villa E-1017 and Le Corbusier's Cabanon and Unité de Camping are three irresistible reasons to visit Cap Moderne on the Côte d'Azur now that it has reopened after renovations. An exhibition on Gray at Roquebrune Cap Martin station from June 21 puts the villa into context. For more background, see the Cap Moderne presentation on our site - one of 20 special in-depth features which you can browse via the carousel at the bottom of our home page.


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