Barragán Space And Shadow, Walls And Colour

by | 23. Aug 2012



The primary aim of this book is to explore the roots of Barragán’s language, in particular by studying the design process underpinning his works, and to offer up an enlightened analysis, whereby Barragán’s architectural approach is viewed as a synthesis between space, light, matter and color.
/Daniéle Pauly

The expressive quality and poetic force of Mexican architect Luis Barragán (1902 – 1988) works sets him apart in the architectural arena of his time. The links he wove between Latin America and Europe, coupled with his subsequent International renown, have resulted in his oeuvres attaining the status of masterpieces.

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Barragán’s architecture is infused with the multiple influences of his travels, encounters and readings. He drew heavily on his Mexican roots, through the vernacular traditions that he experienced from his early childhood, through the legacy of the pre-Hispanic period, and through the Mediterranean sources deriving from the Spanish Conquests.  At the same time, he made use of modern reference points, taking a vivid interest in their emblematic symbols.  

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Inside Barragán’s buildings, color is employed as an agent for metamorphosing spaces and creating different ambiences.  Within the intermediary spaces (Courtyards, patios and terraces), it provides a material link with the outside, delimits surface areas, picks out structural volumes, and binds the composition.  Outside, the wall structure the site orchestrate the spatial scenario and underline the geometric scheme, their colors contrasting sharply with those of the natural surroundings.

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