A tribute to architect Ricardo Bofill’s experimental mind.
It was more than just aesthetic exploration that motivated Bofill’s bold & colorful path.
Ricardo Bofill went on to lead one of the world’s most notable architecture studios, the Taller de Arquitectura (RBTA). Born in 1939 in Barcelona, the creative passed away at the age of 82.
Having designed over 1000 projects in around 40 countries, Bofill influenced generations and played a huge role in thinking mainstream architecture with a strong dose of innovation & risk.
Among Mr. Bofill’s best-known works were public housing projects, most of them built in France in the 1980s.
He's for sure was one of the most representative postmodern architects in Europe. He has a huge list of iconic aesthetic buildings, incluiding some cinematographic ones like Walden 7, Kafka’s Castle, Les Espaces d’Abraxas, La Muralla Roja and the majestic La Fabrica.
He set up his home & workshop there. The century-old factory on the outskirts of Barcelona is a theatrical Bond villain hideout with leather sofas in rugged concrete silos surrounded by lush greenery.
Master of vibrant colors and bold geometries of precast concrete, many of his works express a sense of large-scale experimentation.
Ricardo’s goal, by his son Pablo’s own words, was “to demonstrate that at a modest cost you can build social housing where every floor is different, where people don’t have to walk down endless corridors, and where different populations can be part of one community.”
In today’s image-based culture the legacy of Ricardo Bofill for sure will live on untouchable.
Here you can see more architecture projects that transcends ages.