Economia Building / Ricardo Bofill

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Architects: Ricardo Bofill
Location: ,
Area: 7,000 sqm
Year: 2013
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Classic: Maritxell Sanctuary / Ricardo Bofill

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Architects: Ricardo Bofill
Location: , Andorra
Year: 1978
Photographs: Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill

AD Classics: Walden 7 / Ricardo Bofill

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Walden 7 is a project implementing some of Ricardo Bofill’s earliest ambitions and addressing most of the problems of modern city life. It is located on the same lot as Taller de Arquitectura, based in the refurbished ruins of an old cement factory. The housing structure benefits from Bofill’s earlier research and the idea of providing public spaces and gardens for residents to enjoy an enhanced quality of living.

AD Classics: La Muralla Roja / Ricardo Bofill

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La Muralla Roja, Spanish for ‘The Red Wall,’ is a housing project located within the La Manzanera development in ’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 casbah. The striking colors that cover the outer and inner facades are selected to either contrast with nature or complement its purity.

AD Classics: Xanadú / Ricardo Bofill

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One of many large experiments in housing conducted by Taller de Arquitectura, Xanadú is an experimental prototype that reflects on the team’s theory of a garden city in space. Built as part of the La Manzanera development, which also houses the nearby La Muralla Roja, the project contains 18 apartments intended to be summer homes.

W Barcelona Hotel / Ricardo Bofill

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Architects: Ricardo Bofill
Location: Barcelona,
Area: 42,818 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill

The Factory / Ricardo Bofill

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Architects: Ricardo Bofill
Location: , Spain
Photographs: Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill, Richard Powers

Barcelona Airport New Terminal / Ricardo Bofill

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Architect: Ricardo Bofill, Taller de Arquitectura
Location: ,
Client: AENA
Gross Floor Area: 525,000 sqm
Date of Completion: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill

Cultural Center Miguel Delibes / Ricardo Bofill

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Architect: Ricardo Bofill, Taller de Arquitectura
Location: , Spain
Client: Junta de Castilla y León
Builder: UTE Auditorio (Zarzuela s.a. / Dragados)
Total Surface Area: 40,000 m2, including parking space for 350 vehicles (10,000 m2)
Project Year: 2001-2005
Year of Completion: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill

AD Classics: Kafka Castle / Ricardo Bofill

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Known for his innovative and colorful structures Catalan architect, Ricardo Bofill and his multidisciplinary firm, Taller de Arquitectura collaborated on the design of a unique apartment complex outside of in the Sant Pere de Ribes area.

Completed in 1968, the Kafka Castle –an homage to Franz Kafka – strays away from the traditional design techniques and aesthetics of typical Spanish apartment buildings.  Rather than a development through site, plan, and context, Bofill implemented a series of mathematical equations that generated the position of all ninety dwellings, as well as the Kafka Castle’s siting.

More on the Kafka Castle after the break.