Casa Pedregal by Luis Barragán
Nesting atop a primordial lava bed, Casa Pedregal is a hacienda-style house built by architect Luis Barragán in Mexico City.
Using native construction methods (including those employed by pre-Hispanic civilisations) and local materials, the modular house is a prime example of Barragán's Modern Mexican architecture.
The house's exterior retains the geometric signatures of Modern architecture, giving it a fortress-like appearance. The interior, meanwhile, emanates peace and serenity. The rooms are large and inviting, encouraging residents to adapt the space to their devices, as do the vibrant pigments covering the house's walls.
The building, however, does not reject the surrounding landscape. Large windows open the house to vistas of cacti and sun-baked rocks, whilst deep-rise steps connect its rooms, remembering the coarseness of the region's topography. Barragán has nurtured an elegant equilibrium in all corners of the house, threading together traditional Mexican influences, the natural environment and human-centred architecture.