Luis Barragán was one of Mexico’s most prestigious architects, revolutionizing architecture and landscape design in the 1940s with his expressive colors and solid forms.

It’s not often a Barragán house comes on the market, but when it does collectors from around the world gather in attempt to secure their one piece of mid-century architecture.  Art collector and businessman César Cervantes eventually purchased the property with the aim to restore it back to its original design.

Designed in 1951, the home – which is located on lava fields – is one of the most important pieces of Mexican architecture. The pressure to restore this project to its original purity may have been a challenge too big for some. Cervantes however, was willing to take on the challenge with the help of his friend, Jorge Covarrubias, co-founder of local architectural practice Parque Humano.

Over time, the design team began removing layers of alterations in search for the original mid-century form and to reinstate the homely feel.

‘This house is not a museum. I wanted it to be a real house. I don’t even believe in museums; how am I supposed to live inside one?’ Cervantes tells Wallpaper. ‘People think I don’t live here. They ask me why I have bottles of alcohol. They think they are props, but they’re not.’

Following an in-depth research process and consultations with academics who specialize in Barragán’s architecture, a 20-month restoration took place.  The result, a home that celebrates the famous architect and emphasizes his love for form, texture, light, shadow and color.

You can read more about the restoration project here.

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Image source: Parque Humano.