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Gilardi House

Mexico City, Mexico
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In the streets of Mexico City, in a narrow elongated area of 10x36 meters, Barragan, its 80 years of age and after almost 10 years of inactivity, makes its last work, perhaps the most paradigmatic of all.


The house is located within the Federal District of Mexico, in a village called Tacubaya, which is well known and has mutated throughout the years, however it appears that the neighborhood was not what attracted the architect.

Barragan accepted the job with two conditions regarding the project: the huge Jacaranda tree should be kept in the sun and pool should be designed as requested by the owner.


The universal message of Luis Barragan capital has answers because, as he said: "... the man has always sought to protect themselves from anxiety and fear. He tried to promote living spaces in your mind the serenity ..." since, as also found by others to explain how generous: "... we have worked [...] in the hope that our work [...] cooperate in the great task of dignifying human life by trails of beauty and help to build a dam against the waves of dehumanization and vulgarity. If, at our work together in achieving some of these concepts do not succeed in solving the problems of man, at least cooperate to make your life fuller, more beautiful and more bearable and help to avoid the despair ... "

Reflected in his works around the baggage of modern concepts and also the dialogue with the environment is fantastic. The colors, textures, compositional elements are a product of Mexican culture. Certainly the influence of painters such as Diego Rivera and Frida Kalho, among others, in his works, but particularly in this house.

With respect to the use of colors in an interview said that: "In my work as architect, the colors and the lights have always been one of fundamental importance. Both are basic elements in creating an architectural space, as they may vary conceptions of it. The walls are made to re-paint. I think that every two years due to all the work to repaint.

In this work colors play an important role. The patio is purple color, very vibrant. The broker prepares the journey through the house to reach a very important area: the dining room with a pool deck. Suddenly, the pond comes a pink wall that cuts off the water and almost reaches the ceiling. The wall gives way to space, it does magic, creates some tension. From the roof a linternilla light bathes the wall, and emphasizes their role.

Indeed, the pink color of the wall as the blue surrounding space were taken from a famous painting by Chucho Reyes. It is a rooster, then went magenta and turquoise. "Chucho Reyes had an excellent eye for color. He dedicated his life to the beautiful things. Planes did not understand, but I helped with the color. The color of the Mexican market ... the color of the Mexican candy ... of confectionery ... the beauty of a cock. We set the colors for the house painting Gilardi great cards in my house, surcharges one after another in the walls, instead of moving them, playing with them until we decide the colors accurate. I will tell you a secret: the pool wall or column is a rose that does not hold anything. It is a piece of color in the water for pleasure, to bring light to the area and improve their overall "

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