El Pedregal, Mexico
El Pedregal is the creation of a series of lava flows dating back 2,000 years. The variety of forms, waves, tubes and cracks in the black stone entranced Luis Barragan as he hiked the badlands in the early 1940's. Captured by both the violent and serene mood of the landscape and the pockets of jeweled gardens that appeared, he designed a house and garden to celebrate the landscape. This proposal done in collaboration with architect Brittany Cooper, was submitted to the current owner of the house as a way to restore and celebrate the work of Luis Barragan. The proposal re-introduces a series of jeweled gardens in the program of a boutique hotel. Three new gardens: Jacaranda Grove, Lava Garden and Earth Garden coincide with the plant species Barragan would have encountered during his hikes.