I don’t know how long I’ve loved the architecture of Luis Barragan. At least since I was a teenager.
His architecture is unique. The vivid colors, the juxtaposition of planes, the arrangement of space. He was as much an architect of landscapes as he was of buildings. And in its use of color, use of materials (wood, concrete) and its link to the land, his architecture is both absolutely modern and yet within the context of Mexican culture .
Barragan was born in 1902 and died in 1988. He was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 1980.
At the same time, I also love the architecture of Joze Plecnik. Who, you say?
We were in Ljubljiana, Slovenia in 2006 and fell in love with the city and the countryside. Really. Ljubljiana is absolutely stunning architecturally and small enough to visit easily. The countryside looks like Switzerland.
Plecnik, who lived from 1872 to 1957, is famous for his architectural style which mixes modernism with the vernacular. Like Gaudi, he was both an artist and a technician.
As I collected photos for this post, I tried to see what it was about these two architects that appealed to me so much. They seem very disparate in their styles.
And, frankly, I’m still not entirely sure. Here are some of Plecnik’s buildings and an interior.
Is it the colors? The rich reds? The light and shadow? The use of different materials and shapes? Is it the combination of modernism and vernacular that characterizes both Barragan and Plecnik?
One things for sure, in my next life, I’m going to be an architect.