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The facade of Casa Gilardi House was designed by architect Luis Barragan for a pair of single friends, Mark English and Pancho Gilardi. Mark English recalls the first time he saw the building. "We arrived at the house, which is located in an understated, typical Latin American neighborhood and is characterized by two - and three-story sheltered facades.
The only hint that there might be something unusual in the house was its brightly coloured facade. This reflects a very different feel from contemporary American and European design. First of all, the floor plan reflects a more typical Mexican way of life that requires a live-in domestic helper. Second, Casa Gilardi focuses on privacy rather than transparency, which is more common in Mexican homes and many Middle Eastern ones.
Sergey Makhno | Viter House