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Exploring the Enigmatic House of Mexican Architect Luis Barragán

CEO Khai Intela
In the vast landscape of Mexico City architecture, a true gem stands out - the house and studio of Luis Barragán. Renowned as one of the most influential architects of the 20th century, Barragán's masterpiece...

In the vast landscape of Mexico City architecture, a true gem stands out - the house and studio of Luis Barragán. Renowned as one of the most influential architects of the 20th century, Barragán's masterpiece remains a testament to modernist design and minimalism.

A Haven of Tranquility and Artistic Expression

Built in the late 1940s, the Barragán house is nestled in the tranquil suburbs of Mexico City, in Takabuya. With 10 rooms and an expansive garden covering a total area of 2000 m², this architectural marvel seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor spaces, creating a harmonious sanctuary.

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Windows as Works of Art

One of the most captivating features of the Barragán house is the carefully arranged windows. Thick branches of trees gently rest against them, blurring the boundaries between the interior and the surrounding garden. Each window is uniquely designed, with Barragán treating them as individual works of art. His philosophy was simple - to "make a house from every garden, and from every house, a garden."

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Curiosities and Allure

Every corner of the Barragán house holds a unique surprise. From windows of unusual shapes to quirky objects like enormous mirrored balls that reflect the entire room, the space feels like a step into a theatrical production, captivating visitors with its charm.

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A Tapestry of Art and Light

Barragán's love for art and light is evident in every aspect of the house. In the guest room, an exquisite portrait of Madonna with the baby gracefully adorns the wall. Light, color, and shape intertwine to create a mesmerizing ambiance, with natural light flooding most rooms, except for one where an upper light adds a touch of enchantment.

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A Fusion of Architecture and Art

Beyond its architectural significance, the house of Luis Barragán doubles as a museum of modern art. Adorned with works by renowned artists like Matias Gerits and Pablo Picasso, gifted to Barragán himself, it seamlessly blends design, architecture, and artistic expressions.

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Nature's Tranquil Refuge

The house's garden, initially conceived as a meticulously groomed grass lawn, later underwent a transformation. Barragán chose to embrace the untamed beauty of nature, allowing plants like jasmine and narcissus to flourish, creating an atmosphere of serene contemplation. While relatively small in size, the garden appears expansive, blending seamlessly with the adjacent neighbor's green oasis.

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A Testament to Personal Beliefs

Reflecting Barragán's devout religious beliefs, each room of the house showcases artwork with religious themes or depictions of the crucifixion of Christ. Additionally, sculptures and statuettes of his beloved horses can be found throughout the house, a testament to his passion for these majestic creatures.

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As you step into the house of Luis Barragán, prepare to be captivated by its soulful blend of tranquility, artistry, and architectural brilliance. It is a testament to the power of design to elevate the human spirit and leave an indelible mark on the world.

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