Spotlight: Ricardo Bofill

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Ricardo Bofill (b. 1939), a graduate of the Barcelona University School of Architecture and the School of Geneva, and the founder of interdisciplinary firm Taller de Arquitectura, is renowned for his extensive body of work and ever-changing design aesthetic. His career has spanned over 50 years, encompassing more than 1000 buildings in cities ranging from Lisbon and Boston to Tokyo and St. Petersburg. His architectural approach has evolved across decades and has permeated dozens of countries worldwide.

In Residence: Ricardo Bofill

You’ve seen it before, Ricardo Bofill’s captivating transformation of ’s oldest cement factory into his own stunning, Brutalist residence. Now, tour through the home’s most unique spaces with the Spanish architect himself as he shares his story about The Factory in the latest of NOWNESSIn Residence series.

100 Architects From 6 Continents Discuss “Time Space Existence” at the 2014 Venice Biennale

Time Space Existence. Collateral Event at the 2014 Venice Biennale.. Image © Nico Saieh

The much anticipated Time Space Existence collateral event at  and for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale brought together a diverse group of 100 architects from six continents in an “extraordinary combination.” Summoned by the Dutch non-profit Global Arts Affairs Foundation, the exhibitions the architects were asked to produce documents current developments and thoughts in architecture, highlighting fundamental questions by discussing the philosophical concepts of Time, Space and Existence. Featuring well established architects next to lesser known practices, they all share a “dedication to architecture in the broadest sense of their profession.”

Venice Biennale 2014: 100 Architects to Discuss “Time Space Existence”

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The Dutch non-profit Global Arts Affairs Foundation has summoned a diverse group of 100 architects from over 40 countries to participate in the Collateral Event “Time Space Existence” at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale

, Norman Foster and Eduardo Souto De Moura are among the many participating, showcasing ideas, research and aspirations that will add commentary about the current state of architecture as well as highlight philosophical questions and concepts regarding time, space and existence. 

A complete list of participants, after the break…

Economia Building / Ricardo Bofill

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Architects: Ricardo Bofill
Location: Prague,
Area: 7,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Filip Slapal

Classic: Maritxell Sanctuary / Ricardo Bofill

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

The Factory / Ricardo Bofill

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Architects: Ricardo Bofill
Location: Sant Just Desvern, 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: , Spain
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: Valladolid,
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


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.