Apartamento Architecture Series: Praxis, Agustín Hernández
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Born in 1924, Agustín Hernández came of age as an architect in Mexico as modernist ideas coalesced with a renewed pride in the country’s past. He was a frontrunner in combining the symbols, myths, and urban planning principles of pre-Columbian civilisations to create imposing architectural monuments that even today retain their avant-garde nature—from the military academy he built as a modern-day Mayan ceremonial ground to the remote meditation centre commissioned by his sister, based on the symbolism of the snake, and the studio-home that he built for himself in 1975: Praxis, a geometric treehouse that still towers over the Bosques de las Lomas neighbourhood of Mexico City.
This is the fourth book in a series devoted to some of our favourite architects, the houses they build, and the stories behind them. It follows on from Kamala House, BV Doshi; La Fábrica, Ricardo Bofill; and The Walker House, RM Schindler.
Praxis, Agustín Hernández features original photography by Ryan Lowry, a text by the Mexico City-based architecture and art practice Tezontle Studio, an interview with Hernández by Carlota Pérez-Jofre, and a short essay by Enrique Giner de los Ríos.
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