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Barragan, Luis

Luis Barragan (1902 - 1988)

Thomas Kellner: 66#09, Mexico, Torres de Satélite (created by: architect Luis Barragan, the painter Jesús Reyes Ferreira and sculpturer Mathias Goeritz), 2006, C-Print, 68 x 139,5cm / 26,6" x 55", edition 12+3

Luis Barragán Morfin (Guadalajara, 1902 - Mexico City, 1988) is known as the most important Mexican architect of the 20th century.

He was educated as an engineer and graduated from the Escuela Libre de Ingenieros in 1923 and was self-trained as an architect. After graduation, he travelled extensively through Spain, France (where he attended lectures of Le Corbusier), and Morocco. While in France he became aware of the writings of Ferdinand Bac, a German-French writer, designer and artist who had a huge influence on Barragan's future career. He practiced architecture in Guadalajara from 1927-1936, and in Mexico City thereafter.

In 1980, he became the second winner of the Pritzker Prize. His house and studio, built in 1948 in Mexico City, was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004.


Important Works

House for the architect / Barragán House, Mexico City (1947-48)
Jardines del Pedregal Subdivision, Mexico City (1945-53)
Tlalpan Chapel, Tlalpan, Mexico City (1954-60)
Gálvez House, Mexico City (1955)
Jardines del Bosque Subdivision, Guadalajara (1955-58)
Torres de Satélite, Mexico City (1957-58), in collaboration with Mathias Goeritz
Cuadra San Cristóbal, Los Clubes, Mexico City (1966-68)
Gilardi House, Mexico City (1975-77)