In May of this year in Milan a square was named after a famous Italian architect Lina Bo Bardi that worked mostly in Brazil.
A few weeks ago I went to the Triennale museum in Milan to visit the Bardi’s exhibition. I was curious about her job because of my father that introduced me to it first. The exhibition itself was only a small room but my father explained me her job.
Lina Bo Bardi, born in Rome, lived and worked in Sao Paolo. She worked at Gio Ponti’s atelier in Milan and then opened her own unsuccessfully and bombarded in 1943. She documented the Italian destruction during the war and met her future husband Pietro Maria Bardi moving to Brazil. Her first project there was Casa de vidro (Glass house) in Morumbi (south Sao Paolo) that is photographed in the museum. Her idea was to conserve the nature around. That is why the house is built on pilotis and has a hole in the centre (my father said “like a square donut”…).
“No decorative or compositional effect was sought in this house, as the aim was to intensify its connection with nature, using the simplest possible means, in order to have the minimum impact on the landscape. The problem was to create an environment that was ‘physically’ sheltered, ie, that offered protection from the wind and the rain, but at the same time remained open to everything that is poetic and ethical,even the wildest of storms…
This house represents an attempt to achieve a communion between nature and the natural order of things.”
Lina Bo Bardi, from “House in Morumbi”, first published in Habitat, 1953
What stroke me most is the SESC Pompeía building she built in 77 in Sao Paolo. It promoted the social life of a poor district of the big city proposing all sorts of activities (swimming pool, football teams, theatres, restaurants and bars). The building’s architecture has maintained a raw material in the structure so as to remember it was a factory zone.
All her projects are thought in the hope of improving people’s life.
The exhibition shows some photos taken of the Casa de vidro with some objects found there that look like kid toys and videos of the Sesc. And of course the bowl chair she designed was there (see the sketches).
So I hope you enjoyed my presentation of this artist and you will be curious to learn even more, for example the Modern Art Museum in Sao Paolo she built that is not exposed in Triennale. Here some links:
Here some photos of the exhibition: