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The Red Wall

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

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







Urbanización La Manzanera
03710 Calp
Alicante - Alacant, Valencia

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

It owes its name to its varying shades of red. The building is laid out in the form of Greek crosses, whose arms (measuring about 5 metres) contain the holiday apartments while the intersections are used for the service towers (kitchens and bathrooms).
The formal impression clearly evokes Mediterranean and Arab architecture, and particularly recalls the adobe towers of North Africa and the Arab kasbahs. A veritable maze of interconnected corridors, terraces, solariums, swimming pools and saunas, stairways and courtyards are laid out according to a careful geometric design which owes much to the constructivist aesthetic. From a distance, the impression is of a fortress perched atop a cliff.

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