Robert Vickery - 'La Maison de Verre is the name commonly given to the house for the late Dr and Mme Dalsace at 31, Rue St Guillaume, Paris. The house was designed between 1928 and 1931 by a team comprising Pierre Chareau (furniture designer and interior architect), Bernard Bijvoet (architect), and Louis Dalbet (metal craftsmen). It was constructed within the fabric of an older building by inserting a new structural steel frame to support the upper storeys of the old town house, allowing the demolition of the lower structure. Onto this new frame a luminous and transparent facade was constructed in glass lenses and sheet glass panels. However, the house is also remarkable for its space formation and division, the innovative use of metal in staircases, fixtures and screens, and the engineering applied to the lighting and heating space, In 1965, Kenneth Frampton assembled a small group to measure the house and many of its details. The resulting drawings were some of the first to offer a full understanding of the house. I helped in the measurement and then returned in 1970 to make a photographic record and a simple film of the moving elements of the building. More than 200 colour slides are archived in the AA Photo Library. The original film has been transferred and re-edited to provide a record of the house while in occupation by the clients.'