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Architect Visit: Color and Form from Luis Barragán

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Architect Visit: Color and Form from Luis Barragán

May 23, 2013

When I was introduced to the work of Mexican architect Luis Barragán, I couldn’t understand why anyone would think of modern architecture as a cold discipline.

Looking back on my architecture training, one of my fondest memories was artist Lauretta Vinciarelli’s Graphic Arts class, where she asked a roomful of Columbia undergraduates to render the captivating work of Luis Barragán on paper. Fifty pink Prismacolor pencils and a term later, I was on my way to becoming an architect.

Photograph by Esparta Palma via Flickr.
Above: Photograph by Esparta Palma via Flickr.

Above: Barragán developed his own take on modernism, with the use of vivid colors and textural contrast as shown here.

Casa Gilardi. Photograph by Kent Wang via Flickr.
Above: Casa Gilardi. Photograph by Kent Wang via Flickr.

Barragán is regarded as one of the most important architects of the 20th century, and his buildings are memorable for their mastery of space and light.

Photograph by Forgemind Archimedia via Flickr.
Above: Photograph by Forgemind Archimedia via Flickr.

Above: Barragán was also a landscape architect; his sculptural forms and bright colors accentuate the natural surroundings. Water features are a common theme in the architect’s work. All images via Flickr.

For more, see 5 Favorites: Colorful Garden Walls.

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