In this period of confinement, a little color doesn't hurt! This is why, this Friday, the editorial staff is examining the career of Mexican architect Luis Barragán. Awarded the Pritzker Prize in 1980, the designer stands out from his colleagues by a vibrant and electric style, paying homage to the architecture of his native country as well as to modernist movements.
Casa Barragán, Mexico City
Erected in 1948 by the Mexican architect, casa Barragán houses the residence and workshop in which Luis Barragán lived and worked until his death in 1988. Modernist and colorful, it is undoubtedly the most representative building of the style Barragán, influenced at the same time by modernism, popular arts and vernacular architecture. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004, it is the only individual accommodation to have obtained such a distinction. Today, casa Barragán is one of the most visited places in Mexico City. Fascinated by the architecture of Luis Barragán, the American photographer James Casebere (born in 1953) had fun recreating the timeless atmosphere of these in images made from models.
The chapel of las Capuchinas Sacramentarias, Mexico
For seven years, Luis Barragán financed and built the new chapel of the convent of the Capuchinas Sacramentarias in Mexico City. In 1953, the new place of worship finally rises. With its chick-yellow walls, its two large crosses and its graphic stained glass windows, the chapel is transformed into a colorful and bright space, where the religious can meditate in complete serenity.
Cuadra San Cristóbal Ranch, Mexico City
Becoming internationally famous, the Cuadra San Cristóbal ranch is known for its fuchsia pink walls, its bold geometric volume and its large turquoise body of water. Built in the late 1960s for the Egerstrom family, this graphic ranch open to nature continues to fascinate. In 2016, it became the backdrop for the new Louis Vuitton "Travel" advertising campaign. We discover a melancholy Lea Seydoux, who poses in front of the lens of Patrick Demarchelier.
Casa González Luna (now Casa ITESO Clavigero), Guadalajara
Although Casa González Luna (1929) was one of Barrágan's first works, the young architect already asserted his style, his taste for color and exceptional volumes. Designed for the intellectual Efraín González Luna - who lived there with his family until his death in 1964 -, the atypical residence is a mixture of architectural building and artistic object that stands out in the landscape of the Colonias of Guadalajara. However, very inspired by his country, Luis Barrágan will use materials typical of the region and will insert intimate spaces specific to Mexican constructions. A strong bias when you know that regionalism was prohibited at that time.
The Torres de Satélite, Naucalpan
The Torres de Satélite are the result of the association of Luis Barrágan, the Mexican painter Jesús Reyes Ferreira and the German-Mexican sculptor Mathias Goeritz. The set, installed in Naucaplan, on the outskirts of Mexico City, is made up of five towers ranging from 30 meters high to 52 meters and painted in red, blue, yellow (the main subtractive colors) and white. Inaugurated in 1958, the installation is regarded as the symbol of modern Mexico. Today an iconic book, the set populates the Instagram feeds of tourists from around the world passing through Mexico.