Architect(s): Casa Luis Barragán
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City/Town: Casa Luis Barragán
Luis Barragán travels in the Sierra de Puebla and is inspired by the beauty of its villages. So he built this house and studio for himself in 1948. The house is considered one of Barragán’s masterpieces.
Casa Luis Barragán, is the former residence of architect Luis Barragán in Mexico City. It is owned by the Fundación de Arquitectura Tapatía and the Government of the State of Jalisco. Now Casa Luis Barragán is working as a museum, exhibiting the work of the famous artist and architect. Tours are available only by appointment. UNESCO added the Casa Luis Barragán to its World Heritage List in 2004 as one of the most influential and representative example of modern Mexican architecture. The University of Arkansas uses the house for its summer architecture program.
The area of the house was originally just outside the historic town of Tacubaya. The house was built on property that Barragán probably purchased in 1939 as part of a larger development at a time when his career was shifting from real estate to architecture. He eventually sold the rest of the land, keeping that area for himself. The predecessor to the house is the “Ortega House,” which made use of a preexisting building. Barragán lived there from 1943 to 1947. The house was designed and built in 1947 for Luz Escandón de R. Valenzuela, but in 1948, Barragán decided to move into it himself, despite the fact that at the time he was developing the elite subdivision Jardines del Pedregal in the south of the city. Barragán lived there until his death in 1988, and during this time the house underwent many modifications, functioning as a kind of laboratory for his ideas.
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