The House of Augusto H. Álvarez in Mexico City: an Integral Architectural and Personal Project

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https://doi.org/10.52200/64.A.G8WYS262

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Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing

Abstract

In his 56 year professional career, Augusto H. Álvarez (1914-1995) built around thirty apartment buildings and over fifty houses. This article analyzes the emblematic house he built for his family between 1959 and 1961, which has been reinvented over time. It’s a work that faithfully reflects Álvarez’s appropriation and interpretation of the ideas of the Modern Movement, revealing a modulated, diaphanous, ordered and flexible space enclosed by a simple volume. It was an integral project because, aside from the structure, the architect also designed its furnishings and system of natural lighting, implementing materials that were hitherto-unused in a private residence

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Cruz, L. (2021). The House of Augusto H. Álvarez in Mexico City: an Integral Architectural and Personal Project. Docomomo Journal, (64), 34–41. https://doi.org/10.52200/64.A.G8WYS262

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2021-04-01

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Author Biography

Lourdes Cruz, National Autonomous University of Mexico

Doctor of Architecture, researcher and coordinator of the Archive of Mexican Architects at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México’s (UNAM) Faculty of Architecture. Author of books, chapters and articles on the history of Mexican architecture in the 20th century, she is a founding member and the treasurer of docomomo Mexico and a member of International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Mexico and the National Academy of Architecture.

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