March 2, 2006

B is for Barragan

The works of Mexican Architect Luis Barragan appear to be carved from the Coliman landscape, part rock|part vegatation. From his journeys to France in the 1920s & 30s he became exposed to the works of Le Corbusier and the International Style. On his return he became increasingly aware of similar forms in simple rural dwellings in Mexico. By the 1940s his work began to take on the gentle mixture of the two, resuming the old traditions of his country in very modern ways. His works remain simple, but in solidarity with Nature always conscious of it surroundings.

Like Aalto his works add colour, however rather explosive in a dramatic way to modernism's otherwise simple palette.

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