Design Icon: 8 Avant-Garde Buildings by Ricardo Bofill

A new monograph by gestalten shines a light on the visionary works of Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill, whose bold forms often seem lifted from fantasy.

Walden 7 is one of Taller de Arquitectura’s pioneering housing projects, designed to address the problems of modern city living—in particular, how to balance communal spaces with privacy. Located just outside Barcelona, the complex features five interior courtyards and 446 residences spread across 18 towers of 14 stories each. The towers are modular, but they are arranged in an organic, unsystematic form and connected via communal spaces and bridges to create distinct identities.

Born in Catalonia and raised by a family of builders, Ricardo Bofill began his architectural career at an early age, designing his first project—a summer home on the island of Ibiza—at 17. By the time he was 23, Bofill was the lead architect in the family business.

Architect Ricardo Bofill founded Taller de Arquitectura in 1963.

The extraordinary career of Ricardo Bofill now spans over 50 years, with over 1,000 buildings completed in more than 50 countries. His Barcelona–based firm, Taller de Arquitectura, is recognized for its tendency toward strong, geometric forms; an emphasis on craftsmanship; an emphasis on the importance of public spaces in urban environments; and an interest in local, vernacular styles and materials. Together, these elements go against the traditional views of Modernism in Europe—and have produced arresting results.

Ricardo Bofill: Visions of Architecture

Ricardo Bofill is one of the 20th century’s most unique architects and radical visionaries. His visions for urban and communal life challenged preconceived notions of shared space and proposed alternative styles of living. This monograph explores his revolutionary approach by profiling his greatest projects like La Fábrica, Walden 7, La Muralla Roja or Abraxas. Spectacular new photography by Salva López, texts by experts like Nacho Alegre and Douglas Murphy as well as by Bofill himself are complemented with sketches and floor plans. Bofill’s fantastic creations satisfy a longing for originality, personality and progressive ideals. Photo Courtesy of The Cool Hunter

A new monograph from gestalten celebrates the famed architect’s contributions to architecture. Below, we present eight works by the architect that capture his avant-garde approach.

Walden 7 (1975)

Walden 7 is one of Taller de Arquitectura’s pioneering housing projects, designed to address the problems of modern city living—in particular, how to balance communal spaces with privacy. Located just outside Barcelona, the complex features five interior courtyards and 446 residences spread across 18 towers of 14 stories each. The towers are modular, but they are arranged in an organic, unsystematic form and connected via communal spaces and bridges to create distinct identities.

Walden 7 is one of Taller de Arquitectura’s pioneering housing projects, designed to address the problems of modern city living—in particular, how to balance communal spaces with privacy. Located just outside Barcelona, the complex features five interior courtyards and 446 residences spread across 18 towers of 14 stories each. The towers are modular, but they are arranged in an organic, unsystematic form and connected via communal spaces and bridges to create distinct identities.

Photo Salva López, from Petite Places, Copyright gestalten 2018

Meritxell Sanctuary (1974)

Completed in 1974, the Meritxell Sanctuary in Andorra comprises an entire complex, including the remains of a medieval castle that was destroyed by a fire in 1972. Bofill's firm, inspired by the Romanesque design of the original chapel on the site, adapted the geometry and materials for new components.

Completed in 1974, the Meritxell Sanctuary in Andorra comprises an entire complex, including the remains of a medieval castle that was destroyed by a fire in 1972. Bofill’s firm, inspired by the Romanesque design of the original chapel on the site, adapted the geometry and materials for new components.

Ricardo Bofill, copyright gestalten 2019

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