Marking the 80th birthday of architect Ricardo Bofill last December, photographer Sebastian Weiss recently captured the designer's iconic La Muralla Roja in Calp, Spain. The housing project references popular architecture of the Mediterranean and was inspired by the tradition of the casbah. The striking colors that cover the outer and inner facades are selected to both contrast nature and complement its purity. Formed like a fortress, the project appears as if it is emerging from the rocky cliffs it sits on. Through the photographs by Weiss, the project's labyrinth-like quality begins to be revealed. The design corresponds to a precise geometric plan based on the typology of the Greek cross, and its organization challenges the increasing division between public and private space through its reinterpretation of the casbah, the walled citadel architecture of North African countries.
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