Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill dies aged 82 - architecture and design

Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill dies aged 82



Ricardo Bofill, the Spanish architect behind the Walden 7 apartment building in Catalonia, has passed away at the age of 82.
The news of Bofill's death today was announced by his studio Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura (RBTA), which shared three old portraits of the architect on its Instagram.
Bofill founded studio RBTA in 1963. Its best-known projects include Walden 7 and the brightly coloured La Muralla Roja housing estate in Manzanera.
Ricardo Bofill has passed away at the age of 82. Photo is courtesy of Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura
Other key projects from Bofill's six-decade-long career include the Les Espaces d'Abraxas housing complex near Paris and, in Spain, the Castell de Kafka and La Fbrica ? a repurposed cement factory containing the RBTA headquarters and Bofill's family home. More recently, his studio completed the sail-shaped W Barcelona Hotel in Spain and Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Morocco.
Bofill was the architect behind Walden 7. Photo is by Till F. Teenck via Wikimedia Commons
Bofill was born in 1939 in Barcelona. He completed his architectural training at the Geneva University of Art and Design in Switzerland before founding his studio aged 23.
Much of the studio's early work is celebrated for its unusual and monumental aesthetic, which has led it to be used as a stage for Hollywood films and video games.

Read: Sebastian Weiss photographs Ricardo Bofill's "delightfully confusing" La Muralla Roja
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