Inspired by the Modernist ideas of Le Corbusier, the buildings were designed in a "Functionalist" style that includes Le Corbusier's 5 points of architecture: freestanding support pillars (pilotis), an open floor plan, a vertical façade free from supports, long horizontal windows and a roof terrace.
Although the buildings are deliberately un-ornamented the interiors are still very warm, with wooden floors and abundant sunlight flooding in from the large windows (perfect for a painter's studio!).
The decoration is very simple, with a few pieces of wooden and metallic green-colored furniture and a large number of handcrafts, including paper-maché devils and skeletons, and a collection of ceramic pots and pre-Columbian figurines.
Today, the studio/house is a museum which also holds exhibitions about Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Juan O'Gorman and their contemporaries.
Images: Omar Bárcena via flickr. Used with permission.