lover of all beautiful things
One of my first encounters with Architecture was through Ricardo Legorreta, right when I was starting college. He is considered one of the most influential architects of the 20th century. Almost every architecture publication I read had at least one of his projects, and he soon became an inspiration through my first years of college.
At that time, I used to dream about working in projects that would be modern but still upheld the value of vernacular mexican architecture and I believe he did just that. I always admired his use of volume, light and color, but most especially, I now admire the love he expressed for his country and his career. I’ve had the privilege to experience a few of his many projects, MARCO Museum in Monterrey, Mexico being one of my favourites as I spent many weekend afternoons admiring the paloma and waiting for the water to splash on its beautiful patio.
On December 30th, 2011, I read the sad news about his passing at the age of eighty. And as his quote below mentions, I’m sure his ideals will survive.
"Surrounded by this magical world (Mexico), I have devoted my life to the most beautiful profession, knowing that the road is 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 and not as a goal, keeping the basic values of humanism, avoiding superficiality, solving people’s needs without serving power and materialism"
Rest in peace Ricardo Legorreta and thanks for the inspiration.
More of his work here.