Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Cooperation | Connection | Love

The residences and studios of two of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, which are connected by a single bridge in Mexico City designed by Juan O'Gorman. The two artists were involved in a very passionate but tumultuous relationship, which is indicative of their desire to be together in love, yet have separate private spaces (the blue building was Frida's while the white one belonged to Diego).

The buildings were one of the first constructions of the modern movement in the Americas, employing Le Corbusier's Five Points of Architecture within the Mexican context. European functionalism ideas meld with traditional Mexican building techniques and cultural elements to usher in a new approach to architecture in the Americas.

On a personal and design level, the building represents two separate entities coming together and producing a new outcome.

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