Difference between Mexican and Indonesian homes?
“Colours on the wall–pinks or yellows or salmons. In Mexico, even the outside of houses are painted. When flying in to Mexico city, you come in from the north and it looks like a rainbow of colours. The cars are bright green or orange–and so are the houses. There’s not a tendency for monochrome.”
Salas pays homage to interior designer Luis Ramiro Barragán, born in Guadalajara. While Barragán’s play with colour is instantly recognizable, the architect is famous for designs that remain timeless, Salas adds. “He is most known for his distinctive modern lines. Mexico is a hot country, but most of the places he has built are fresh and cool. You enter the house and feel the cool and freshness. Barragán has captured that spirit. Like the Camino Real Hotel in Mexico city, built for the Olympics in 1968. You can walk into it and it still has that finished-two-months-ago feel.”
As a building to visit, Salas cites architects such as Pedro Ramirez Vasquez’s 1960s-era National Museum of Anthropology in Chapultepec Park in Mexico city. The building captures the essence of pre-Hispanic culture–fitting, Salas says, as it is the repository for the treasures of the Aztecs and the Mayans.