Building Of The Month I
Boasting the modernist architectural touch of Luis Barragán, Cuadra San Cristobal is a triumph of geometry, displaying the power of earthen tones and the genius of simplicity. It has the ability to make the outdoors become intertwined with the indoors, not only through the use of glazing, but also through the interplay between light and shade and the interaction between covered structures and uncovered space.
Each space in this linear paradise flows seamlessly and willingly into the next, aided by abstract structures and use of water to connect otherwise separate zones. The use of water as a device for continuity is a masterful way to bring a sense of calm and add an ever-changing texture and life force into the grounds.
The equestrian pursuits of the owners are reflected through the construction of stables within the grounds, and there is an idea, a belief, that the horses should roam free throughout the space, just as guests are invited to.
There is a fluidity that is embraced and promoted within the design, the bold idea that minimalist geometric lines can be curbed by the imagination, or softened with the use of colour and texture, not restricted by generic building materials, but harnessing the power of the elements water and earth.