Sunday, January 4, 2009
Ex-Hacienda San Gabriel de Barrera
This Hacienda built at the end of the 17th century and located 2.5km west of the city center was the home of Captain Gabriel de Barrera. The Hacienda was opened as a museum in 1979 and both the house and gardens have been carefully restored and maintained.
The Hacienda is arranged around a large internal garden which has been divided into a series of smaller which are seperated by level changes and high thick walls. The cool and dark interior spaces are reached through large covered verandas and patios which act as external rooms and create an interesting narrative of spaces which continually leads one in and out of the building. The views to the garden and to other patios from the external rooms creates a complex series of relationships between the various areas of the Hacienda and changing views through the building and to the garden.
Luis Barragan was heavily influenced by the architecture of Mexican Haciendas and the materials, relationship to the garden, overlapping of rooms and spaces, level changes, and internalisation of domestic life that is used in the Hacienda can be found in the architecture of Luis Barragan and in particular his own house and studio in Tacubaya.