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Ricardo Bofill

  • Ricardo Bofill © Bernabé Cordón / EL MUNDO

    Ricardo Bofill © Bernabé Cordón / EL MUNDO






Date of birth

Dec 5, 1939

Date of death

Jan 14, 2022

"Architect and town planner. He is considered one of the greatest representatives of the postmodernist style of contemporary Spanish architecture."

He was born in Barcelona in 1939. He studied at the School of Architecture in his native city and later at the University of Geneva. At the age of 19, he designed his first house. Before devoting himself completely to architecture, he became interested in the world of cinema. He directed two full-length films and several shorts. In 1964 he founded the Taller de Arquitectura. He expanded it later to Paris and New York and through it gained experience in urban design, architecture, landscaping and interior design. It is worth noting his work as a town planner, with the development of projects such as La Place de l’Europe, in Luxemburg, or the extension of the Paseo de la Castellana, in Madrid. He is the author of a comprehensive theoretical work, most notably “La Ciudad del Arquitecto” (The City’s Architect). He died in Barcelona in 2022.


ASID Award from the American Society of Interior Design (1978)
Award from the International Academy of the Philosophy of Art (1989)

Essential works

  • View of the Red Wall apartment complex in Calpe © Ayuntamiento de Calp

    The Red Wall

    One of the first works by the architect Ricardo Bofill was this well-known building, part of a holiday complex beside the Mediterranean coast.

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  • General view of the Walden 7 apartment building. Barcelona © J. Bedmar/Iberfoto

    Walden 7

    One of the most innovative and emblematic residential buildings in Spanish contemporary architecture, conceived as a vertical neighbourhood in itself and designed by the architect Ricardo Bofill.

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Other highlighted works

  • Expansion of the Barcelona Airport
  • Cartier’s headquarters (Paris)
  • National Theatre of Catalonia (Barcelona)
  • Municipal Conference Centre (Madrid)
  • Walden Apartment Building (Sant Just Devern – Barcelona)
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