the legacy of ricardo bofill
acclaimed spanish architect ricardo bofill has passed away aged 82. the news was confirmed today (friday, january 14th) by ricardo bofill taller de arquitectura (RBTA), the studio that bofill founded in 1963.
born in 1939 in barcelona, ricardo bofill went on to lead one of the world’s most notable architecture studios. renowned for his radical approach, bofill’s projects are particularly noted for addressing issues of urban planning on a political and social level. his architectural legacy includes xanadú and la muralla roja in alicante, and la fabrica and walden 7 in barcelona.
in today’s image-based culture, projects such as la muralla roja have been rediscovered and immortalized thanks to its bold, colorful aesthetics. throughout bofill’s work, color has played a central role, which can also be seen in buildings such as walden 7 and xanadù.
la muralla roja, alicante, spain (1973)
image © salva lopez / courtesy of gestalten, ricardo bofill, gestalten 2019 (also main image)
la fabrica, sant just desvern (barcelona), 1975
xanadù, alicante, spain (1971)
image © gregori civera / courtesy of ricardo bofill taller de arquitectura, ricardo bofill, gestalten 2019
les espaces d’abraxas, marne-la-vallée, france (1982)
image courtesy of ricardo bofill taller de arquitectura, ricardo bofill, gestalten 2019