A Look at Infamous Architecture in Mexico

A Look at Infamous Architecture in Mexico

Natalie Espinosa
Jan 26, 2012

Last week The New York Times published an article about the homes of presumed and confirmed drug lords in Mexico. The article, titled Inside the Homes of Mexico's Rich and Infamous included images of several properties the government had seized. The buildings range from average upper middle class homes to an extremely lavishly decorated building reminiscent of an Italian palazzo. The latter bears an uncanny resemblance to another great home in narco-architecture history, the house where Scarface was filmed!

Scarface location

So was Scarface the inspiration for this home or is it simply another reinterpretation of a classical palace? Many examples exist of similar structures created by those who made a lot of money fast.

You might remember the "Candy Colored Mansions" in Herat, Afghanistan, several mansions in Cali, Colombia, or even the abandoned home of Mike Tyson.

What these buildings seem to have in common is a sense of urgency, of building fast in a style they deem to be luxurious, the need to create a home that signifies wealth and power. Some choose to be more traditional, including an indoor pool with classical columns surrounding it, and some are more modern, such as the home with a basement lounge with zebra print upholstery and red velvet curtains.

I guess in a way we all create homes that represent us, who we are, the things we aspire to, how we want to be perceived. What kind of home would you create if you came into a lot of money quickly?

Read More: The New York Times

(Images: 1,3,4 &5: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times, 2: www.move.com)

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