Spain: architect Ricardo Bofill died
Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill died last Friday at the age of 82. Born in Barcelona in 1939, the son of a Venetian mother, María Levi, his works in 40 countries made him one of the most cosmopolitan Spanish architects.
His emblematic works include the Red Wall (1971), the Walden 7 building (1975), the Quartier Antigone (1979), Les Spaces de Abraxas (1982), the National Theater of Catalonia (1997), the Hotel Vela in Barcelona, the Túria gardens in Valencia, and the Manzanares park, in Madrid. What’s more, he made skyscrapers in cities like Chicago, Tokyo, Luxembourg, Casablanca or Beirut.
Bofill was expelled from the Barcelona School of Architecture for being anti-Francoist, a title he later obtained in Switzerland.
In 1963, together with the poet José Agustín Goytisolo, he founded sociologists, filmmakers and photographers an architecture workshop on the outskirts of Barcelona inside an old cement factory, which he converted into a studio-housing and where he lived all his life.
Throughout his career he always built social housing, such as in Algiers, where he built the Houari Boumédienne farming village.