Emotive architecture — this is how the oeuvre of Mexican architect Luis Barragán (1902–1988) is often described. His works epitomize the syncretic tendency of Latin American modernisms to integrate local and traditional forms with European and North American artistic influences. Barragan’s attitude towards spatial distribution is sometimes discussed as a ‘’quiet revolution’’ due to his intention to create a serene and meditative environment, where architectural forms are fully integrated into the surrounding landscape and even generated by it. His use of vivid colours, dramatic lighting, as well as the tension between his minimalistic open and closed spaces stimulate the viewer’s…

Rada Georgieva

Art History and Russian MA student at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.

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