The world-renowned Catalan architect Ricardo Bofill has died at the age of 82. Bofill was one of the leading representatives of the postmodernist style of contemporary architecture, recognized for interpreting the styles of the past and has introduced new trends, while trying to provide alternative answers to contemporary problems.
An admirer of Antoni Gaudí, whom he said was “the greatest genius in the history of architecture”, he is the author, among other projects, of Terminal 1 at El Prat airport, the Walden-7 building in Sant Just Desvern, from the Plaza de Europa in Luxembourg or the Hotel Vela in Barcelona.
Ricardo Bofill’s works can be seen from Stockholm to the Middle East, passing through Saint Petersburg, Holland, France, Spain, Morocco, Algeria, the United States, Japan, China and India.
One of the most famous buildings to be photographed among instagrammers in Spain is the Bofill building the red wall, located in the Urbanization La Manzanera in Calpe, and which is the setting on which the controversial series is inspired the squid game.
He was born on December 5, 1939 in Barcelona, in a family belonging to the Catalan bourgeoisie on his father’s side, who was an architect. The mother was Italian.
He followed in his father’s footsteps and began a degree in Architecture at the University of Barcelona, from which he was expelled in 1957 for his political activities (for creating the Free University Union). Later, he went to Switzerland and continued his studies.
Ricardo Bofill obtained a degree in architecture from the Barcelona School of Architecture in the 1980s. In addition, he is an architect by the Ordre des Architectes of Belgium (1989) and doctor “honoris causa” by the University of Metz, France (1995).
In 2020 he was appointed doctor “honoris causa” by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.