The house of architect Luis Barragán is a classic of Mexican modernism

The author of the Wallpaper* guide to Mexico City chooses her favourite building in the capital, the home of one of the country’s greatest architects

Examples of Luis Barragán’s colourful style, often described as “emotional architecture”, are scattered across Mexico City. In one modest street lies Casa Ortega, which marked the climax of his experiments with functionalism and anticipates his masterpiece, the 1948 Casa Luis Barragán, the ultimate synthesis of traditional and modern.

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