Casa Fullana: a model for modern living in the tropics


  • Andrés Mignucci Association of Collegiate School of Architecture (ACSA)




Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


Casa Fullana [Fullana House], built in 1955 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is an exemplary model of Henry Klumb’s (1905-1984) design principles for modern living in the tropics. German architect Henry Klumb conducted a prolific architectural practice in Puerto Rico, producing some of the most iconic examples of tropical modernism in the Caribbean. His work, most notably at the University of Puerto Rico (1946-1966) (UPR) and in landmark projects like the San Martin de Porres Church (1948) in Cataño, constituted a breakthrough in Puerto Rican, Caribbean and Latin American architecture. Anchored in the principles of modern architecture, specifically of an organic architecture put forward by his mentor Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959), Klumb’s work is deeply rooted in the specificities of the landscape, topography, and climate of Puerto Rico as a tropical island.

How to Cite

Mignucci, A. (2021). Casa Fullana: a model for modern living in the tropics. Docomomo Journal, (64), 26–33.







Author Biography

Andrés Mignucci, Association of Collegiate School of Architecture (ACSA)

(Puerto Rico, 1957) Puerto Rican architect, urbanist, and educator. Andrés Mignucci studied architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the recipient of the National Architecture Prize in Architecture, a Henry Klumb Award Laureate, and Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. In 2019, Andrés Mignucci was selected as Rockefeller Foundation Arts & Literary Arts Scholar-in-Residence at the Bellagio Center. Association of Collegiate School of Architecture (ACSA) Distinguished Professor. He is a founding member of docomomo Puerto Rico.


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