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Ricardo and Victor Legorreta

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Ricardo and Victor Legorreta

With an impressive architecture of pure volumes, Ricardo Legorreta made colours, light and shadow the defining characteristics of his work.

Early on, he worked for renowned Mexican architect José Villagrán. A friend and protégé of the great Mexican modernist, Luis Barragán, Legorreta founded his own studio in 1965. In the early 90’s his son Victor joined the firm, that was later renamed as Legorreta + Legorreta.

Internationally recognized Legorreta designed a myriad of museums, universities, hotels and private homes around the world. Among his better-known works is the iconic deep pink and yellow fronted Camino Real Hotel in Mexico City.

Legorreta received countless awards, among them the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Gold Medal of the Union International des Architectes (UIA) and in 2011 he received the Praemium Imperiale, awarded by the imperial family of Japan, on behalf the Japan Art Association. Legorreta died in December 2011.

Francisco Cortina, who started collaborating with Legorreta in 1998, was the associate architect for the project. He established his own practice in Sweden in 2005, and in 2013 joined forces with Robert Käll under Cortina & Käll, a multi-disciplinary architecture studio working internationally.


The house is located in upper Sotogrande, a luxury urbanisation situated 40km south of Marbella and 25km north of Gibraltar. The villa enjoys spectacular panoramic views over the green fairways of the San Roque Golf Club and the Mediterranean Sea.

LOCATION Sotogrande, Cádiz, Spain DESIGN 2001 - 2002
BUILT 2003 - 2004 PLOT 2200 sqm
BUILT AREA 575 sqm
(total covered area 700 sqm)
ROOMS 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms

Architecture and Interiors

Legorreta + Legorreta: Ricardo Legorreta, Víctor Legorreta, Noé Castro
Project team: Rodrigo Ducoing, Francisco Cortina
Associate Architect: Francisco Cortina
Local architects: Javier Román, José Rubio
Builder: Degopro, S.L., Martín Conesa, Juan Torres