I had a teaser out there for a long time about this post. I reeled you in with Casa Barragán and I'm just now getting around to posting the photos from Casa Gilardi. I don't know why it took me so long, this was my favorite stop on our Barragán tour. Maybe it is because I wanted to keep it all to myself for a little while longer. Casa Gilardi is still a private residence, one of the original owners who had contracted Barragán to design the house is still residing there with his family. However when you have contacts like Monica Yris at Mexitil tours you can arrange a private tour which is an experience like no other.
Casa Gilardi is Barragán's last completed work before his passing in 1988. It is the summation of all things Barragán, it is refined and religious. The space manages to have both the intense intimacy of a chapel, and the soaring grandeur of a cathedral. The complex, multi-level house keeps you guessing with tiny pink doors and long yellow hallways. However, soft artistic elements like handmade tongue and groove tables paired with stacks of books and tequila decanters makes the house a home.