True Colors of Architecture
“We live in a globalized world where we must rely on international influences, trade, discussion, transactions.” states the 2017 Pritzker Prize Jury in selection text for RCR Architects. Today’s main fear of the international influence, which will erase local values, art and customs, is present in everyday’s life.
From the past we can learn how values, art and customs were integrated in architecture on a very sublime way. On the 115 anniversary ofLuis Barragan’s birth we shall read again the words of the 1980s Pritzker Prize Jury: “Luis Barragán and his commitment to architecture has a sublime act of the poetic imagination. He has created gardens, plazas, and fountains of haunting beauty - metaphysical landscapes for meditation and companionship.”
It can be only seen from the eye of a sensitive observer how Barragan’s work permeates “a stoical acceptance of solitude as man’s fate. His solitude is cosmic, with Mexico as the temporal abode he lovingly accepts. It is to the greater glory of this earthly house that he has created gardens where man can make peace with himself, and a chapel where his passions and desire may be forgiven and his faith proclaimed. The garden is the myth of the Beginning and the chapel that of the End. For Barragán, architecture is the form man gives to his life between both extremes.”
It is the mission of the Architect, using sensibility in creation, to read and bring in forefront the space opportunities in his architectural solutions. And silence of creating spaces is the highest value of creation.