Virtual Tour of Luis Barragan’s Unbuilt House in Houston Texas

The Menil Museum in Houston, Texas, asked Luis Barragan, a Mexican architect, to design a guest house measuring 3,000 square feet. It would be located right across from the Rothko Chapel. The architect returned with a plan for a stunning purple, pink and orange mansion measuring 8,000 square feet. It looked more at home in Mexico City, than on a Houston suburban lot. The conflict between the client and the architect resulted in the house not being built. It was instead displayed in the Menil’s galleries.

This video shows the palatial display in vibrant colors and intricate interconnected spaces. It also includes a virtual tour and a history lesson. Learn more about the architect and what this house would look like if it had been built according to this Pritzker Prize-winning design.

Stewart ArchitectureThis YouTube video explores architecture’s rich and fascinating stories in all of their glory. Weekly videos and occasionally live events cover a broad range of topics related the built environment to help increase their understanding and promote their importance in shaping our world.

Stewart HicksHe is an architect design educator who leads studios and lectures courses as an Associate Professor at the School of Architecture at The University of Illinois at Chicago. He is also an Associate Dean at the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts and co-founded the practice Design With Company. His work has won awards like the Architecture Record Design Vanguard Award, or the Young Architect Forum Award. He has also been featured in exhibitions at Design Miami and the V&A Museum in London. His writings are found in the book Misguided Tactics For Propriety Calibration (co-authored), published by the Graham Foundation. There are also essays in MONU magazine and the AIA Journal Manifest Log, bracket, as well guest-edited issues of MAS Context, which cover the topic character architecture.