Luis Barragàn


The Mexican architect Luis Barragán was born in Guadalajara on March 9, 1902. Son of a landowner, he spent long periods of his childhood on a ranch in the mountainous region of Mazamitla; austere landscapes, wide open spaces, strong light, the omnipresence of water and the birth of a vocation as a horseman, all these different components left a lasting impression on this self-taught architect. This period dedicated to learning how to build well was also marked by the birth of an intellectual complicity with the architects Rafael Urzua and Ignacio Diaz Moralès. After graduating in engineering in 1923, he traveled through Europe and was influenced by the writings of Ferdinand Bac. Bac’s influence on Barragán’s work would be lasting. During this trip, he also visited the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts, and in 1927 he returned to Mexico and settled in Guadalajara, where he produced his first architectural works, mostly houses for private clients. In 1931 he travelled to Europe where he attended Le Corbusier’s lectures and met Ferdinand Bac. In 1936 he moved to Mexico City where, under the influence of Le Corbusier’s writings, he built apartment buildings and townhouses in the “international” style. In 1941 he decided to have no other clients but himself and turned his attention to landscaping and urban development. In 1945 he began work on the Pedregal Gardens, a project that is as much architecture as urban planning. In 1980 he received the Pritzker Prize and died in 1988 in Mexico City.


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  • Luis Barragàn
Ca. 1968

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