Tropical modernism: a subversion, an escape and a global influence

Tropical modernism: a subversion, an escape and a global influence

The tropical climate subverted and softened modernism into a new form – taking the formal qualities and essential concepts of modernism, yet adapting the style with local materials and techniques better suited to the environment. Methods of passive cooling and sustainable construction developed over the centuries by local architects, builders and designers familiar with the challenges – and advantages – of the warm, humid temperatures of the tropics were employed within the definition of modernism to create a new style now considered a movement of its own. Here we take a journey through the work of architects influenced by the tropical modernist style from Luis Barragán to Paulo Mendes da Rocha to Marcio Kogan…