Casa Gilardi, Mexico City

Casa Gilardi, Mexico City

A few days ago, I returned from the most amazing trip to Mexico. My first time in this wonderful country, I was taken aback by the friendly people, beautiful scenery, and incredible food. I’ll be writing up a number of posts on all the exciting things I saw and did on my trip. There’s nowhere better to start than the beginning! After a relatively painless redeye flight from Vancouver to Mexico City, my friend Liz and I hit the ground running. We started with a beautiful architectural creation we’d seen online called Casa Gilardi.

Condesa, Mexico City

Casa Gilardi is a relatively short walk away from where we were staying at NH Collection Reforma in the Zona Rosa area of the city. It’s a great hotel that served everything we needed and I’d recommend it. To be honest, I’d felt quite sceptical about visiting Mexico City with regard to safety. As two girls travelling together, we were a little doubtful we’d walk anywhere. We did, however, walk the twenty minutes to the Condesa neighbourhood and felt safe the whole time. Although you obviously need to exercise caution in a new place, I felt like the city unfortunately experienced a lot of bad press. It really surprised me how secure we actually felt.

Streets of Condesa, Mexico City

Condesa itself is beautiful. It’s trendy, chic, and upmarket. Here, you can expect to find the young and wealthy, with cool new bars, cafes, and restaurants to match. The streets and properties are equally charming, with colours splashed around in all the right places. It’s a joy just wandering around and taking in the sights of people going about their day-to-day in the neighbourhood. Mexico City is typically colonial, colourful, and very much reminds me of Spanish cities thanks to the creative details on every corner.

Condesa, Mexico City
Condesa, Mexico City

Brunch at Lardo

We’d worked up quite an appetite having flown through the night after a long final day at work before our vacation. Luckily enough, Lardo was just around the corner. We’d researched and heard all about their tasty brunch.

Lardo, Mexico City

The restaurant itself is beautiful. Upon entry, there are huge vases of fresh flowers, colourful tiles, and the most gorgeous crockery and rose gold cutlery. It’s very Instagrammable, so it was not surprising plenty of Americans eventually joined inside.

Lardo, Mexico City
Lardo, Mexico City

As well as charming, rustic interiors, there’s a tempting smell of pastries and fresh coffee. We ordered a couple of cups to keep us awake, as well as the tastiest green juice I’ve had in a long time. Part of the fun of ordering breakfast in Mexico City is that obviously menus are mainly Spanish. Feeling a little rusty on my Spanish, it was partly a gamble when you order.

Brunch at Lardo, Mexico City

I was so happy when eggs with speck, arugula, and avocado showed up! We ate and moved on for another coffee before our first activity of the day – Casa Gilardi. It’s pretty close to Lardo, which makes it a great place to visit pre- or post-brunch.

Breakfast at Lardo, Mexico City
Condesa, Mexico City

Casa Gilardi

Casa Gilardi is an amazing architectural creation in the trendy Condesa neighbourhood of Mexico City. It’s the final house of legendary contemporary architect, Luis Barragán. He’s famous for his bold, minimalist style. The house was first intended to be a bachelor pad, and is now a family home. I’d spotted images of the brightly coloured house online and knew we had to go and visit.

Casa Gilardi, Mexico City

Thank goodness we did. As Barragán’s last property, he actually came out of retirement to design the house for Pancho Gilardi and Martin Luque, who owned an advertising agency in Mexico City. It was complete in 1976, and was due to offer studio and party space for the two bachelors who were often travelling at the time. After Gilardi’s death, Martin named the casa in his honour. Soon, it became a family home for his wife and children. What’s really cool is that upon arrival, his son was the our tour guide. He also told us all about the background and history of the design.

Inside Casa Gilardi

Virtually every element of the property was so well considered by Barragán. It was constructed entirely around an old jacaranda tree in the house’s courtyard. I can’t forget to add that colour is everything. All of the bright colours are based on the paintings of Mexican artist, Chucho Reyes Ferreira. They’re regularly painted to keep them exactly the intended hue. In the corridor above, only the windows are yellow, despite it looking as though the entire room is yellow. This is representative of the importance of light throughout the property, which truly transforms the interior.

Casa Gilardi

Through the corridor, there’s a large open space with a shallow swimming pool. This space is primarily for entertaining. It’s designed to enable natural light to flow through, with the colours changing throughout the day. Casa Gilardi is so futuristic for its time. It’s also hard to believe it was designed and constructed back in the 1970s.

Casa Gilardi, Mexico City
Chairs in the house, Mexico City

All of the rooms inside the house are uniquely furnished by Barragán himself. These vary from antique pieces, to furniture especially commissioned to fit the space. It’s incredible to think there’s actually a family that live inside a minimalist work of art. I wonder where they store all their day to day clutter?

Outside Casa Gilardi

Outdoors, the courtyard is white and purple to complement the blossoms of the feature jacaranda tree when it’s in full bloom. There’s also a roof terrace leading from an adorable pink door. These colourful walls really put the murals of Vancouver and Melrose Avenue to shame!

Laura at Casa Gilardi
Girls at Casa Gilardi
Laura at Casa Gilardi
Colourful walls

After leaving the wonderful property and saying our farewell to the family’s son who showed us around, we ventured into the neighbourhood. It’s on a very arty street and there’s a building along the way that reminds me so much of Gaudi’s Casa Batlló on Barcelona’s Passeig de Gràcia. What do you think? There are lots of really cool arty elements of Mexico City that remind me of Barcelona.

Beautiful architecture in Condesa, Mexico City

It’s certainly worth wandering around the neighbourhood. You’ll find adorable bars and restaurants in nooks and crannies, and colourful buildings. Let’s not forget all of the amazing tiled walls.

Tiled walls in Condesa, Mexico City

Have you been to Casa Gilardi? What’s your favourite architecture around Mexico City?

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I’m Laura, a roaming blonde who recently made the leap from my home in the Cotswolds, UK to be based across the pond in Vancouver, BC for a brand new job and plenty of adventures.

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