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Luis Barragán: One of the foremost architects of the twentieth century

Cuadra San Cristóbal, Mexico City 1966-68

True architecture is far more than just the arrangement and framework of a structure, it is an art. An architect is no less an artist than a painter or sculptor; in fact, architecture is debatably the most expressive medium of all.

Unlike a painting, a home must reflect more than just the personality and sentiments of the artist, but also of those commissioning the work. Furthermore, the design must not stray too far from the general disposition of the natural canvas the architect is given to work with.

Luis Barragán

Cuadra San Cristóbal, Mexico City 1966-68

Luis Barragán is one of the foremost architects of the twentieth century. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 1902, the architectural protégé revolutionized design throughout his career. Barragán traveled extensively around Europe, finding inspiration in all that he encountered. His pioneering designs were influenced in part by the Moorish architecture of southern Spain and the domestic architecture of the Mediterranean. He had a gift for complementing landscapes with architecture which spawned in part from his visits to sites including Granada's Generalife and Ferdinand Bac's gardens.

photo from designmuseum.org

Cuadra San Cristóbal, Mexico City 1966-68

While his initial works fall under the category of International Style, from 1945 onwards, Barragán's  design style transformed into something never before seen. It is in his later works where a true manifestation of his own personality emerges. Drawing inspiration from his many visits to Europe and his sense of Mexican regionalism, Barragán went on to produce his own unique interpretation of architectural modernism. His works preserve true vernacular Mexican roots in their vivid colors, angular designs and textural contrasts, harmoniously accentuating the beauty of their natural surroundings. It was for his proof that bold use of outdoor space is as important as the physical structure being built that won Barragán the prestigious Pritzker Prize for architecture in 1980.

Cuadra San Cristobal 1966-68

Cuadra San Cristóbal, Mexico City 1966-68

As you can imagine, original Barragán homes rarely surface the real estate market. Fortunately, if you're looking for a home that doubles as a work of art, his Cuadra San Cristóbal equestrian estate located in Mexico City has just been listed for an asking price of 10,000,000 Euros.

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