The Luis Barragán House and Studio, which is located in west Mexico City, was built in 1948 and served as architect Luis Barragán’s residence from 1948 until his death in 1998. In 2004, it was named a World Heritage Site due to its iconic representation and influential designs reminiscent of Mexican architecture.
Architectural aspects of the home include a cement façade in the same signature bright colors found throughout much of Mexico. He also made it a point to use natural light throughout his personal and private spaces, in addition to keeping designs clean and geometric – for examples, crisp lines and staircases without a railing. Not all rooms are created equal, either. There are walls of varying heights and floor levels are not uniform throughout the building. In terms of colors used, Barragán used contrasting bright colors and kept the layouts free-flowing.
There are two floors, as well as a private chapel, garden, observatory and roof terrace which all feature aspects of his architectural design. What’s unique about the house and studio is the seamless blend between modern and traditional styles – this cohesive design has served to inspire a number of designs throughout Mexico, especially in landscapes, gardens and plazas.
One of Barragán’s last projects was for his friend Gilardi and his art dealer partner, Luque – Casa Gilardi was constructed in 1976 and features many of the iconic design components for which the architect was best known. The Gilardi House is reminiscent of a spacious bachelor pad (and is still lived in by the original owner), complete with natural yellow lighting, open spaces and vibrant colors like many of Barragán’s projects. A large pool outside is a iconic point in the landscape.