A Virtual Tour of Luis Barragan's Unbuilt House in Houston Texas

A Virtual Tour of Luis Barragan's Unbuilt House in Houston Texas

In 1984, the Menil Museum in Houston, Texas, commissioned the Mexican architect Luis Barragan to build a 3,000-square feet guest house to be located across the street from the famous Rothko Chapel. The architect came back with a design for a dazzling purple, pink, and orange 8,000-square feet mansion that looked to be more at home in Mexico City than a Houston residential suburban lot. So, due to the ensuing conflict between client and architect, the house would never get built, only displayed as an exhibition within the Menil’s galleries.

This video explores this palatial display of vibrant colors and complex interconnected spaces with a virtual walkthrough and a history lesson. Explore what it would have been like if this lost design by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect had been built and learn more about this house and its architect.

Explore Luis Barragan's Unbuilt House in Houston Texas on Enscape.


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Architecture with Stewart is a YouTube journey exploring architecture’s deep and enduring stories in all their bewildering glory. Weekly videos and occasional live events break down a wide range of topics related to the built environment in order to increase their general understanding and advocate their importance in shaping the world we inhabit.

Stewart Hicks is an architectural design educator that leads studios and lecture courses as an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also serves as an Associate Dean in the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts and is the co-founder of the practice Design With Company. His work has earned awards such as the Architecture Record Design Vanguard Award or the Young Architect’s Forum Award and has been featured in exhibitions such as the Chicago Architecture Biennial and Design Miami, as well as at the V&A Museum and Tate Modern in London. His writings can be found in the co-authored book Misguided Tactics for Propriety Calibration, published with the Graham Foundation, as well as essays in MONU magazine, the AIA Journal Manifest, Log, bracket, and the guest-edited issue of MAS Context on the topic of character architecture.

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Cite: Stewart Hicks. "A Virtual Tour of Luis Barragan's Unbuilt House in Houston Texas" 27 Aug 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/967577/a-virtual-tour-of-luis-barragans-unbuilt-house-in-houston-texas> ISSN 0719-8884

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