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A Mexico City Day:  Inside Casa Barragán


A Mexico City Day: Inside Casa Barragán

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Visiting Casa Barragán was on my must do list during my time in Mexico City.  In my research I came across MEXITLI - Private Cultural Tours who helped arrange visits to the famous architect's studio and private home.  Built in 1948, the house was Luis Barragán's primary residence until his death in 1988 and was added the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2004 because it is such an influential example of modern architecture.  

Mexitli helped us access both Casa Barragán and Casa Gilardi (more to come on that in a later post)  Monica, our passionate guide, gave us such a detailed understanding about Luis Barragán's life, influencers, and inspiration, all of which ties together when you stand inside his designs.  The space was a dream to photograph, and there are almost too many favorites to share in this post.  

“My house is my refuge, an emotional piece of architecture, not a cold piece of convenience.”
— Luis Barragán

I fell in love with shooting all these vignettes, it felt so intimate seeing all these treasured objects arranged with such religion and precision.

Of course you can't visit the home and studio of a famous architect without studying the planes - cue many a semester of art history classes, Slide!  Light plays with surface and methodically chosen color, the effect draws you in to cool, private spaces that feel miles away from the chaotic buzz of Mexico City.  

If you are interested in a tour of Barragán's designs I strongly recommend Monica at MEXITLI.  She can help you arrange a full or half day tour, which will include private transportation and admission fees.  Monica is a very knowledgeable guide and will give you so much wonderful information.  

Travel Note:  You are allowed to take pictures in Casa Barragán but you have to pay a $50 USD fee. It is also important to note that the fee covers one person and one camera.  I was pretty shocked when I was told I could not take pictures with both my Nikon and my iPhone after I had paid.  My recommend is to bring the fee in cash, and an all purpose lens for your camera. 

If you are curious about Luis Barragán's life and work a good, quick article can be found here.