In January 2019, we took a short, three-day trip to Mexico City. I was with non-architects, and so after a taco walking tour, they obliged me and came with me to the home & studio of one of my favorite architects, Luis Barragan. Barragan won the Pritzker Prize, architecture’s highest honor, in 1980. I believe Barragan is the only Mexican architect to win the prize.
Modernism is often thought of as being cold and sterile. Barragan’s work shows us THAT IS NOT TRUE! His use of light, color and texture are an inspiration. The architecture and furnishings are spare, but the experience is rich. This day, and especially Barragan’s home was my architectural experience of 2019.