Ricardo Bofill isn’t a new name in design and architecture. But to growing generations like mine, the Spanish architect is making waves again some 40 years after his masterworks were first constructed. Bofill’s futuristic and incredible architectural work is gaining him many young fans across the globe. His photogenic creations now grace the pages of Instagrammers worldwide and it’s clear to see why- it’s ground breaking, mysterious and imaginative. Most of his works were commissioned for public housing. When you think about how complex his designs were decades ago, wouldn’t it be fabulous if the rest of the world caught up to Bofill to create public housing like this in our own cities?
Although being decades old, his work is so dystopian and surreal that it has become ageless. Below are just some of the countless projects Ricardo Bofill has constructed. Prepare to be in inspirational awe!
Walden 7 (1975)
The Walden 7 is an apartment building designed by Ricardo Bofill’s team and located in the town of Sant Just Desvern, close to Barcelona, in Catalonia, Spain. The original project includes 446 residences. The name of the building is inspired by B. F. Skinner’s science-fiction novel, Walden Two, which depicts a utopian community.
Les Espaces D’abraxas (1982)
The 591-unit complex is made up of three main parts: The Palacio, a 19-story high apartment building; the theatre, a curved section of apartments demarcating a plaza in the centre; and the arc in the centre, modelled on a triumphal arch containing 20 apartments. You may remember this from a scene in the famous final movie of The Hunger Games.
La Fabrica (1975)
After partial demolition of an old cement factory, Bofill recreated the space to become his very own studio. Paradoxical in design, his studio is the perfect example of Ricardo’s abstract and brutal work. It pays homage to the building’s old purpose whilst allowing design flair and greenery to soften the space. Imagine living here…
La Muralla Roja (1973)
La Muralla Roja, Spanish for ‘The Red Wall,’ is a housing project located within the La Manzanera development in Spain’s Calpe. The building makes clear references to the popular architecture of the Arab Mediterranean Area, a result of the architects’ inspiration by the Mediterranean tradition of the Kasbah.