When I was introduced to the work of Mexican architect Luis BarragÃ¡n, 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 BarragÃ¡n’s captivating work on paper. Fifty pink Prismacolor pencils later, I was on my way to becoming an architect.
Above: BarragÃ¡n developed his own take on modernism, with the use of vivid colors and textural contrast as shown here in the Caudra San ChristobÃ¡l stables designed in 1966. Photograph by Steve Silverman on Flickr.
Above: At the Caudra San ChristobÃ¡l stables, there is a sequence of horse pools. Photograph by Steve Silverman on Flickr.
Above: BarragÃ¡n is regarded as one of the most important architects of the 20th century; his buildings are especially memorable for their mastery of space and light. Photograph via Zero 1 Magazine.
Above: BarragÃ¡n was also a landscape architect; his sculptural forms and bright colors accentuate the natural surroundings.
Above: Water features are a common theme in the architect’s work. Photograph from the Luis BarragÃ¡n foundation.
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on March 23, 2012 as part of our Color Coded issue.