SUBTILITAS

SUBTĪLITĀS (latin; noun f., 3rd):
fineness of texture, logic, detail; slenderness, exactness, acuteness; sharpness : precision




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Cadaval & Solà-Morales - Tepoztlan Lounge, Morelos 2012. Photos (C) Sandra Pereznieto.



March 14, 2014, 11:18am  Permalink | Comments

Luis Barragán - Las Arboledas ranch, Mexico City 1962. Via

"Serenity. Serenity is the great and true antidote against anguish and fear, and today, more than ever, it is the architect’s duty to make of it a permanent guest in the home, no matter how sumptuous or how humble. Throughout my work I have always strived to achieve serenity, but one must be on guard not to destroy it by the use of an indiscriminate palette."



November 01, 2013, 7:13pm  Permalink | Comments

Luis Barragán - Capilla de las Capuchinas, Tlalpan 1953. Via



November 01, 2013, 5:44pm  Permalink | Comments

Luis Barragán - Casa Galvez, Mexico City 2005. Via, top photo (C) Kim Zwarts



November 01, 2013, 4:08pm  Permalink | Comments

Luis Barragán - Architect’s own house, Mexico City 1948.

It’s impossible to accurately portray the power of this project in pictures. I thought I knew what to expect due to my exposure to this house over the years; studying it closely in classes, redrawing the plans as a studio exercise, seeing publications, images, interpretations and videos. Despite all of that, I was still completely blown away during my visit this past summer.

From the contrast of the humble exterior, which respectfully sits within the dense, low-scale working class neighborhood, to the absolute mastery of spatial sequence, color, light, and texture, it is truly one of the richest architectural experiences I’ve ever had. What struck me the most was how dynamic the entire house is despite the static nature of the structure. Spaces continually transform with even the slightest change in perspective, which is particularly impressive considering how heavy the architecture feels through the use of brutal materials, proportions, lighting, and detailing (even down to the furniture).

Barragan’s control over how these areas unfold is unparalleled; each room is perfectly cropped to maintain the intimacy of its boundary, yet reveals just enough about the rest of the house to reinforce a larger context. Each of these gestures articulates a particular mood based on its function, whether it is a relationship to nature, a historical/contextual gesture, or a sense of weight and shelter. Even the roof terrace, with its large brightly painted bulkheads and parapets, is a tremendous play on scale, perspective, and movement. Truly an inimitable masterwork. Scans via, top photos (C) Kim Zwarts



November 01, 2013, 3:43pm  Permalink | Comments

Luis Barragan & Mathias Goeritz - Towers of the Satellite City, Mexico city 1957 (original colors). Photo (C) Kim Zwarts. 

Luis Barragan & Mathias Goeritz - Towers of the Satellite City, Mexico city 1957 (original colors). Photo (C) Kim Zwarts



November 01, 2013, 11:32am  Permalink | Comments

Luis Barragán - Casa Gilardi, Mexico City 1976. Photos (C) Kim Zwarts.



October 31, 2013, 1:29pm  Permalink | Comments

Tadao Ando - House in Monterrey, 2008. That pool is no joke. Prev, 2Via.



October 11, 2013, 2:27pm  Permalink | Comments

Tatiana Bilbao - Model for a botanical garden, 2012. Via



September 09, 2013, 9:42pm  Permalink | Comments

Tatiana Bilbao - Rammed-earth house, Ajijic 2011. Via, photos (C) Iwan Baan



July 26, 2013, 2:06pm  Permalink | Comments

Central de Arquitectura - La Punta house, Bosques de las Lomas 2010. Via, photos (C) Paul Czitrom.



June 27, 2013, 12:55pm  Permalink | Comments

Alberto Kalach’s Biblioteca Vasconcelos en D.F.

Alberto Kalach’s Biblioteca Vasconcelos en D.F.



June 19, 2013, 6:41pm  Permalink | Comments

Teodoro González de León’s MUAC en DF



June 16, 2013, 9:46am  Permalink | Comments

Juan O’Gorman en DF

Juan O’Gorman en DF



June 16, 2013, 9:37am  Permalink | Comments

Ensamble Studio - Cervantes theater, Mexico City, currently under construction. Via, photos (C) Roland Halbe.



May 03, 2013, 11:07am  Permalink | Comments