EL VERDADERO LUJO ESTÁ EN EL ESPACIO: ÚLTIMAS ENTREVISTAS CON RICARDO LEGORRETA (2012)
MIGUEL ADRIÀ Y JOSE CASTILLO
MEXICO CITY, 2012
Edited By: Miguel Adrià / Jose Castillo
After Luis Barragán, Ricardo Legorreta (1931-2011) is the best know Mexican architecture. Starting his career with a commission in the United States (1985) he made contemporary Mexican architecture known through flattened, blind walls and color. Legorreta managed to translate the influences of José Villagrán, Mathias Goeritz and, above all, Barragán, into what Kenneth Frampton called critical regionalism, in his case expressed in the rescue of colonial elements as well as indigenous Mexican features, which stand out for the intensive use of color. Legorreta said: “colour is not the essence of my architecture, it is a tool that I use in my own way; the essence of my work is in the spaces, it is the proportions, that is the fundamental and most difficult part of architecture because you don’t know if you’ve done it until you see the finished work.” In the summer of 2011, Miquel Adrià and Jose Castillo met with Ricardo Legorreta to propose a series of interviews that delved into their thinking, their experiences, and their way of understanding architecture. Legorreta divulged anecdotes related to different projects and a chronological structure of his work has thus been created. The book designed a pocket book that brought together four interviews, of which only two took place due to the sad event of his death in September 2011.