Architect Day: Ricardo Legorreta
Ricardo Legorreta brings to his designs, features that hard to see nowadays. With an impressive architecture of solid volumes, he makes colors and light and shadow the focus of his work.
Photos from site legorretalegorreta.com.
Ricardo Legorreta Vilchis was born in Mexico City on May 7th, 1931. He studied at the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, also worked as a designer at this time. He left with a degree in architecture in 1953.
After completing his studies, he worked for the Mexican architect Jose Villagran Garcia becoming a partner in 1955. After 5 years of this partnership, Legorreta opened his own office and founded the "Legorreta Architects". With a clear influence of fellow architect Luis Barragan, he works with a use of bold colors, effects of light and shadow, and the supremacy of solid volumes.
Hotel Westin Brisas Antes Camino Real, Mexico
"Surrounded by this magical world (Mexico), I have devoted my life to the most beautiful profession, knowing that the road is not long but endless and that when we disappear, if our ideals are worthy somebody will pick up our flag and continue. We live in a period of speed: in order to manage it we need to work together, looking at technology as a tool not as a goal, keeping the basic values of humanism, avoiding superficiality, solving people’s needs without serving power and materialism."
Casa Montalban, California, USA
In 1990, his son Victor Legorreta became a partner in the firm, which in 2000 became known as "Legorreta+Legorreta". Today they have a wide variety of projects in their portfolio and their concepts of architecture have been required in various locations outside of Mexico, mainly in the southwest United States. Ricardo Legorreta received the Gold Medals of the UIA (The International Union of Architects) in 1999 and the AIA (The American Institute of Architects) in 2000.
Casa Rancho Santa Fe, California, USA
San Antonio Library, Texas, USA
Casa Japon, Japon
Pabellon de Mexico EXPO Hannover, Germany
ITESM Campus Santa Fe, Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico
Max Palevsky Residence Hall University of Chicago, Illinois, USA
Residential Complex Zocalo I y II, Santa Fe, USA
House in Maui, Maui, Hawaii
House in Hillsboro Beach, Florida, USA
Petaluma House, California, USA
Hotel Sheraton Abandoibarra, Abandoibarra, Spain
Sotogrande House, Sotogrande, Spain
Kona House, Kona, Hawai
Escuela de Graduados en Administracion Publica y Politica EGAPP, Monterrey, Mexico
Hotel Boutique, Puebla, Mexico
Texas A&M Engineering College, Doha, Qatar
House in San Salvador, San Salvador, El Salvador
Plaza El Roble, Escazu, Costa Rica
Hotel Camino Real Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
Casa Morumbi, São Paulo, Brasil
Casa en el Bosque, Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico