Luis Barragán (1902 – 1988)

“Architecture is a art when one consciously or unconsciously creates aesthetic emotion in the atmosphere and when this environment produces well being.”Luis Ramiro Barragán Morfín, Mexican architect and engineer.

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About his life

Luis Ramiro Barragán Morfín (March 9, 1902 – November 22, 1988) was a Mexican architect and engineer. In 1931, after getting a degree in civil engineering, Luis Barragán met Bac and Le Corbusier, both of whom were to have a profound influence on his work. He began to conceive new methods by which he could create “emotional architecture,” which would encourage meditation and quietude. For his serene and evocative houses, gardens, plazas and fountains, he won the Pritzker Prize in 1980.


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Luis Barragán in his house and studio
Luis Barragán in his house and studio

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What are Barragán’s style main features ?

A religious man, Barragán and his work have been described as “mystical” as well as serene. His chapel for the Capuchinas Sacramentarias is evidence of both qualities. Because of his interest in horses, he designed many stables, fountains and water troughs that manifest many of these same qualities.

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The work of Luis Barragán is often quoted in reference to minimalist architecture. Most architects who do minimalistic architecture do not use color, but the ideas of forms and spaces which Barragán pioneered are still there.

Barragan House, Mexico City, Mexico, 1948
Barragan House, Mexico City, Mexico, 1948

The rooms burst with light and colour and are decorated with leather chairs and animal-skin lamps, and the attached studio frequently hosts artists in residence.

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Yellow Corridor, 2016
Yellow Corridor, 2016
Yellow Overhang with Patio, 2016
Yellow Overhang with Patio, 2016

What are his most famous creations?

The majority of the structures he built are in Guadalajara and Mexico City. Among his notable works are the house he created around existing buildings at 20–22 Calle Ramírez in the Tacubaya district of Mexico City, where he lived beginning in the 1940s; numbers 10 and 12 Avenida de las Fuentes, among the first houses to be built in El Pedregal, and the Prieto López House there; the San Cristóbal Stables/Egerstrom House; the Gálvez House; and the Gilardi House. The Barragan Foundation (1996) is located near Basel, Switz.

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Casa Gilardi, Mexico City
Casa Gilardi, Mexico City

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San Cristobal Stables, Mexico City by Luis Barragán
San Cristobal Stables, Mexico City by Luis Barragán

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