New photographs focusing on light and color, in addition to three original essays, are showcased in this recently released book that explores architect Luis Barragán’s own house and studio. The structure was built in 1948 in a suburb of Mexico City and remains an important example of modern architecture. The purchase of the land on which the house sits marks the point when Barragán, a trained engineer and self-taught architect, started exclusively designing buildings and landscapes. He created Casa Estudio Luis Barragán about a decade later and continued to renovate and experiment on the house and gardens throughout his life.
Although presenting a humble façade to the street, Barragán used big blocks of daylight and a variety of bold hues to enliven simple geometric forms. Those iconic elements of Barragán’s architecture are highlighted through lush images throughout this new book. In addition to presenting a visual tour of Barragán’s house, the volume also includes never-before published documents from private collectors and architecture foundations about the importance and context of Barragán’s house and studio among the many other works he designed.
The entire property was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004, and it now serves as a public museum covering the career of the Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning architect. According to the UNESCO inscription on why the house is important, the project “exhibits the integration of modern and traditional influences, which in turn have had an important impact especially on the design of garden and urban landscape design.”
Luis Barragán: His House was published Dec. 31, 2011, by RM Publishing and is available for a list price of $65.