Friday, December 26, 2008

Museo Casa Estudio Diego Riviera y Frida Kahlo

Diego Riviera and Frida Kahlo Studio

The house and studio of Diego Riviera and Frida Kahlo was designed by their friend, Juan Gorman. The house is separated into two buildings, one for Riviera and one for Kahlo, which are connected by a bridge at the roof level. The couple lived in the pair of houses from 1934-1940. The living and working spaces are located on separate floors that are connected by a series of internal and external staircases. The modernist aesthetic of the houses is combined with typical materials and colours of Mexican architecture including terracotta ceiling tiles and bright blue and pink rendered external walls. The large studio space on the second floor of Riviera’s house is a large double height space with extensive glazing overlooked by a small sitting room on the Mezzanine level which also served as a waiting area to his office space.

Like the Blue House the Casa Estudio Diego Riviera y Frida Kahlo represents the relationship of the couple and their working and private lives through the spatial and functional relationships in both planning and section.

The fusion of European Modernism and Mexican traditions, like that found in the later work of Luis Barragan, creates an architecture that is both universal and specific to it’s context and inhabitants.

Museo Frida Kahlo

Diego Riviera and Frida Kahlo Studio

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