Cuadra San Cristóbal Los Clubes Luis Barragán
Cda. Manantial Ote. 20, Mayorazgos de los Gigantes, 52957 Cd López Mateos, Méx., Mexico
Photo by John Newton
Cuadra San CristóbalThe Casa Estudio Luis Barragán is a must for visitors to Mexico City interested in the works of Mexico's most famous contemporary architect, Luis Barragán, famous for his colorful approach to modernism and his buildings that are as known for their garden settings as for their interiors. While that museum, located in his former house, is the most obvious introduction to his life and works, those who want to dive deeper will want to arrange visits to some of his other buildings.
The Casa Cuadra San Cristóbal dates from 1968 and was designed for the Egerstrom family. The centrality of gardens, plazas, and fountains to Barragán's work is driven home here by the fact that the house itself is closed to the public. It's still worth the effort to make the journey (of about 35 minutes to an hour by Uber, depending on traffic) to see the stables and gardens, and the exterior of the house. The walls in pink, mauve, and white, and the large pool at the center of the property create a space that is at once both restrained and exuberantly colorful. Reservations (firstname.lastname@example.org) are required and there is a charge of 300 pesos per person, with a minimum of five people. (You can visit with fewer than five people, but you'll still need to pay 1500 pesos total, cash only.)