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Architecture Portrait: Casa Luis Barragán

Posted by Bolon on November 11, 2019

”I don't divide architecture, landscape and gardening; to me they are one”.

The above quote is Mexican engineer, self-taught architect and Mexican modernist Luis Barrágan’s
(1902-1988), one of Mexico’s greatest architects who is renowned for his way of uniting light to create a feeling of nature indoors, his particular ability of combining rich colours and the 'Barragánistic' characteristic refusal of sacrificing beauty for functionalism.

Scroll down to discover more about Barragán's design philosophy and get to know his architectural masterpieces, among them the celebrated UNESCO heritage building, Casa Luis Barragán.

luisbarraganLuis Barragán. Photo cred: ArchDaily

dwell.comBarragán designed Casa Gilardi, in Mexico City, around this single jacaranda tree. Photo cred: dwell

dwell2Once a year, the jacaranda tree blooms and the lilac flowers fall, leaving a blossoming carpet in the courtyard below. Photo cred: Dwell

Through the philosophy of viewing indoor and outdoor space as two elements that complement and belong together, Barragán mastered the art of combining colour, shadows, floods of natural light and views over a surrounding garden to create intimate spaces that he refers to as 'emotional architecture' – spaces that makes you feel and think rather than provide you with convenience – architecture that essentially is designed to tell a story that moves the user or the visitor. 

Barragan’s portfolio includes more than 30 works that earned him the honourable Pritzker Prize in 1980. But there is one certain building that perhaps is more special than the others.

Casa Luis Barragán

Casa Luis Barragán, Barragán's former studio and house, has been kept just the way it was when inhabited by its author until his death in 1988. Built in 1948, an UNESCO heritage site since 2004, and today a museum represents one of the world’s most exciting works of architecture.

Stated by the UNESCO, Casa Barragán is ‘a masterpiece in the development of the modern movement that merges traditional and vernacular elements' while integrating vivid colors into the building to give room to space and add 'a touch of magic' where architecture, landscaping and interiors harmonise in a balanced, perfect harmony.

Discover Casa Barragán:

casabarragan2On a street in Mexico city, Barragáns house blends in with its surroundings, giving no hints to its interiors. Photo cred: Archdaily

cassbarra5A living room that gives a nature feeling indoors, while still being private as the open windows are facing the backyard. Photo cred: Archdaily

barragan_living_roomAnother view of the living room. Photo cred: Flickr/準建築人手札網站 Forgemind ArchiMedia

cWakely_CasaBarragan43Space plays with shadows, light and colour. Cred: David Wakely

colourful detailsMexican colours, and a strong pink typical for Barragán. Photo cred: David Wakely

cWakely_CasaBarragan41Horses here and there, typical for Barragán. Photo cred: David Wakely

stairsFloating stairs. Photo cred: David Wakely

tranquilTranquil place. Photo cred: David Wakely

Simple yet stunning aesthetics in casa Barragán. Photo cred: Archdaily

rooftop colorVibrant rooftop block colors. Photo cred: Architravel

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