Ricardo Bofill

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January 19, 2022

Ricardo Bofill Leví (December 5, 1939 in Barcelona – January 14, 2022 in Barcelona) was a Spanish postmodernist architect.

Life

Bofill was born in 1939 to a Spanish building contractor and an Italian mother. After attending French high school, he began studying architecture in Barcelona before moving to the École d'architecture in Geneva. In 1963 he founded his office Taller de Arquitectura in Barcelona. In 1971, Bofill opened a branch in Paris, where he developed several monumental suburban estates - such as the Espaces d'Abraxas - in the 1980s. From 2000 he controlled his international activities again from Barcelona, ​​where the architecture workshop is housed in a former cement factory in Sant Just Desvern. His team, which he led together with his partners Peter Hodgkinson and Jean-Pierre Carniaux, included around 60 employees from 12 countries; in addition to architects and urban planners, he also employed scientists, model makers, interior designers, furniture makers and graphic designers. Ricardo Bofill has received numerous international architecture awards and was an officer in the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 1997 he became an honorary member of the Association of German Architects BDA. He resided in La Fàbrica (see section Buildings: 1973–1975) near Barcelona. His stepdaughter is the Mexican singer Paulina Rubio. Ricardo Bofill died on January 14, 2022 at the age of 82 in Barcelona after contracting COVID-19.

Buildings

1960: Holiday home for Angeles Bofill in Ibiza, Spain 1970–1971: Xanadu residential complex in Calp, Spain 1973: La Muralla Roja residential complex in Calp, Spain 1973-1975: La Fàbrica - Conversion of a cement factory into living and studio space in Sant Just Desvern, Catalonia 1975: Apartment house Walden 7 in Sant Just Desvern 1975: Bofill summer house in Mont-Rás, Gerona, Spain 1978: Reconstruction of the Santuari de Meritxell pilgrimage church in Meritxell, Andorra, which had burned down 1978: Quartier Antigone, Montpellier, France 1982: Les Espaces d'Abraxas, Marne-la-Vallée, France 1982: Les Arcades du Lac, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France 1982: Le Viaduc, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France 1984: La Place du Nombre d'Or, Montpellier, France 1985: Belvedere Saint Christophe, Cergy-Pontoise, France 1985: Les Echelles du Baroque, Place de Catalogne, Paris-Montparnasse, France 1986: Les Temples du Lac, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France 1986: Wine cellar of Château Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac, Gironde department, near Bordeaux, France 1986-1990: Port Marianne, Montpellier, France 1988: Hôtel de Région Languedoc-Roussillon, Montpellier, France 1988: Rice University Shepherd School of Music, Houston Tx. USA 1989: Conversion of the Arsenal into a cultural complex with a concert hall, Metz, France 1989: Port Juvenal, Montpellier, France 1989: SWIFT office complex, La Hulpe, Belgium 1991: Volcans d'Auvergne motorway service area on the A-71 near Clermont-Ferrand, France 1992: 77 West Wacker Drive, Chicago Ill., USA 1992: På Söder Crescent also Bofills båge, Stockholm, Sweden 1996: Le Capitole, Montpellier, France 1998: Casablanca Twin Center, Casablanca, Morocco 1998: Atrium Saldanha, Lisbon, Portugal (with João Paciência) 1999: Weidert residential development in Luxembourg 2000: Corso Prague, Czech Republic 2001: Crystal Carlin Prague, Czech Republic 2001: Shiseido Building, Tokyo, Japan 2001: Centro Cultural Miguel Delibes, Valladolid, Spain 2003: Citadel Center, Chicago 2003: Head office for Cartier, Paris 2006: Terminal 1, Barcelona Airport, Spain 2008: Platinum Tower, Beirut 2009: W Barcelona Hotel (aka Hotel Vela), on the Port of Barcelona

Fonts

Ricardo Bofill: La Arquitectura de un hombre. Madrid 1984

Literature

2019: Ricardo Bofill. Visions of Architecture. shape, Berlin 2019, ISBN 978-3-899

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