Architecture or Revolution: Frida Kahlo’s Houses and the Functionalist Movement


Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo house. Via: Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 3.0 license

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo house. Via: Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 3.0 license

Geometric shapes, exposed reinforced concrete walls, visible electrical installations, large windows that prioritize natural light and ventilation, gardens that value native plants. The first works by the Mexican architect Juan O’Gorman, built between 1929 and 1932, bring an aesthetic that can be seen today, but in reality they are the pure expression of one of the currents of the 20th century modernist movement, functionalism.

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