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October 8, 2013

SPOTLIGHT ON LEGORRETA

Filed under: Ricardo Legorretta — Tags: — jherzlinger @ 7:52 am

I have always loved Modern Art in any form.  From abstract expressionism to installation art to modern French cuisine, modern literature, and especially modern architecture.

For me, great modern architecture takes you on a very interesting journey, because great modern architecture is actually very intellectual and complicated.  To the viewer,

it looks like simple planes that may intersect or they may combine to form other walls and surfaces.  But it is the study of this art form that actually has so much behind it.

It’s like thinking that a Jackson Pollack painting was some paint randomly thrown on a canvas.

On many visits to Santa Fe,  I was able to see first hand the architecture of Legorretta and always thought how brilliant the use of color and walls, the excitement that his architecture is able to bring.

When you look at the selected images you will see why Legorretta is one of the world’s most respected architects.




Ricardo Legorreta is Mexico’s most significant living architect. He combines the traditions of Western modernism with the building culture of his native country. Vibrant color, geometric shapes,

fountains, light-filled spaces, and intimate courtyards are hallmarks of his style.

In a career spanning nearly fifty years and with more than 100 design projects to his name he has created a diverse body of work. It ranges from museums and hotels to office buildings and factories,

university campuses to urban spaces, as well as private residences in Mexico and abroad.

Legorreta was born in 1931 in Mexico City, where he studied architecture. After a partnership with José Villagrán, he set up his own practice.

He was a close friend of his compatriot, Luis Barragán, who first combined modernism and Mexican tradition in the 1940s and 50s. He was also influenced by the monumental

concrete architecture of Louis Kahn.

Influences from Mexico’s colonial period and from the Islamic world – the patios – also feature in his work.

ENJOY!

LOVE,

JAMIE


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