Luis Barragan : His Own House
"Luis Barragan: His House" presents the crowning achievement of the architect who was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 1980: his own house, considered one of the ten most important houses of the twentieth century. Originally built in 1947 and continually renovated by the architect, it would come to be considered Barragan's masterpiece, the laboratory in which he developed his new architectural language. Today the house ranks as one of the most important examples of modern architecture in Mexico, and was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2004. "Luis Barragan: His House" offers a complete visual tour of the house and studio, as well as the superb garden that surrounds it. Hitherto unpublished documents and images in the possession of the Fundacion de Arquitectura Tapatia and other collectors place the work in the context of Barragan's career. The entire house has been specially photographed for this volume, with meticulous attention being given to the treatment of color and light so essential to Barragan's work. This book includes three essays by experts in Barragan's work: "The House and Its Cultural Context," by Daniel Garza Usabiaga, "Architecture: A Personal Space," by Juan Palomar and a detailed account of Barragan's library and collection of art works and objects by Alfonso Alfaro.
- Hardback | 224 pages
- 256.54 x 309.88 x 22.86mm | 1,678.28g
- 16 Feb 2012
- RM Verlag SL
- Granollers, Spain
A laboratory, a box of surprises, a safety vault of visions and memories-that is how the house the Mexican architect Luis Barragan built for himself in the late 1940s is described in this opulent picture book. There is something almost hallucinatory about the photographs of Barragan's interiors, with their expanses of white wall, meticulously edited furnishings, and objects d'art distributed like idiosyncratic punctuation marks. The sporadic explosions of strong color that are an essential element in Barragan's work are echoed in the book's design, with deep purple endpapers and floor plans printed on translucent sulfurous yellow paper.--Jed Perl"The New Republic" (12/23/2011)