Architect Ricardo Bofill dies at the age of 82

The Catalan architect Ricardo Bofill He died this Friday at the age of 82, in a Barcelona hospital, as reported by his RBTA office. With his most emblematic works, including El Prat airport and Malaga airport, Bofill was one of the architects Spaniards with more international projection. He studied at the Higher Technical School of Architecture in Barcelona, ​​from which he was expelled in 1957 for his political activities.

He continued his career at the Geneva School of Architecture in Switzerland. In 1963, he founded the prestigious Architecture Workshop in Barcelona, ​​with an interdisciplinary team of architects, engineers, philosophers, film directors and poets. In addition to the headquarters, the workshop had offices in Paris, Montpellier and New York.

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The projects developed in the Architecture Workshop were some of the greatest exponents of brutalism and postmodern architecture in Spain. Bofill was a pioneer in betting on interdisciplinary work, both in building design and urban planning. He was also the author of an important theoretical work, among which is ‘Towards a formalization of the city in space’. He developed a vision of architecture focused on the habitability of the building and its insertion in the city, but without neglecting technology and his taste for futuristic aesthetics.

From that philosophy a huge production arose, made up of around 1,000 works in 40 countries, very varied in its stylistic forms, which sought to adapt to the environment and maintain a strong component of innovation and risk.

He called this dialectic ‘Memory-Future’. And the concern of his workshop for the urban context that shelters the buildings is what led Bofill to his concern for interdisciplinary work in the Spain of the 1960s. The Architecture Workshop was installed in a cement factory converted into a Barcelona, today known as The Factory. With planned urban development at the center of its activity, the Bofill workshop has signed emblematic buildings inside and outside our borders.

View of the Hotel W, la Vela, one of the most emblematic buildings of the Bofill Architecture Workshop in Spain. (EFE)

The most famous are the BNP Paribas headquarters in Paris, the 77 West Wacker Drive building in Chicago, the Mohamed VI Polytechnic University in Morocco, the W Hotel in Barcelona (the Sailing), the famous Red Wall in Calpe or the Walden-7 building in Barcelona.

This last building is one of the greatest exponents of brutalist architecture in Spain. Ricardo Bofill’s workshop built it with the aim of housing various social housing units in the 1970s.

That transversal spirit is maintained today, with his two sons, Ricardo Emilio and Pablo, at the head of the office for some years now, leading a team of more than 100 professionals of 30 nationalities who are currently developing numerous projects. To say goodbye to Ricardo Bofill, an event will be held on January 26 and 27 in which friends, relatives and admirers of his architecture will be able to go to the emblematic headquarters of the studio to pay tribute to the architect, the RBTA office has announced.

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