Maison de Verre

A cubist tableau. A light show. A maverick of modernism. Hugo Macdonald explores a Parisian masterpiece.

Hidden in an enclosed courtyard on rue Saint-Guillaume, in Paris’ seventh arrondissement, is a house of holy grail status for the architecture community. In description alone, it sounds like something from a fairy tale: a glowing, three-story home made from glass bricks, wedged under the fourth-floor apartment of an 18th-century townhouse. The fact that it lay dormant for decades, unseen by all but a handful of family members and their friends, only adds to its legend…

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