The residence is located in a lava field in southern Mexico City. Casa Pedregal is the largest private residence designed by Luis Barragán, the most famous architect in the country. Built between 1947 and 1950, the house was the subject of publicity campaigns for the urban development of the El Pedregal area in Mexico City. A utopian solution initiated by the architect to alleviate the demand for housing in one of the fastest growing cities in the world.
The house belonged to the Prieto family until the art collector and founder of a chain of restaurants César Cervantes bought it four years ago and did a thorough search to try to return the residence to its primitive state inspired by El Pedregal.
Cervantes made a name for himself as an important collector of contemporary art, before deciding to sell all the works. He explains that towards the end of Barragán’s professional career, the architect built an average private residence every ten years, to give him as much attention as possible, and in fact results are visible.
The layout on different levels divides the public and private rooms, and the skilful use of light, both natural and artificial, ensures harmony between the environments. The house is characterized by pastel colors, the facades are pink and the interiors alternate between beige, blue and pink tiles. The internal floors are in parquet, while the external ones are in raw lava faux tile. From the house, you can also access an outdoor swimming pool and a very nice restaurant with an adjoining library.
Text by Elisa Scotti