Surreal and experimental: explore Ricardo Bofill’s colourful legacy

Nine of his seminal projects

Spanish maverick Ricardo Bofill has passed away at the age of 82, leaving an indelible mark on the world thanks to more than 1,000 projects. His buildings, including iconic landmarks such as Walden 7, have become photographic pilgrimage spots that live as large on camera as they do in real life.

Fans of the architect, and his practice Taller de Arquitectura (RBTA), was at the forefront of urban design for more than 50 years, with his thumbprint scattered across 40 countries worldwide.

In a statement from his firm, released on 14 January 2022, his firm praised Bofill’s ability to ‘question the mainstream thinking in architecture. [His works] ranges a style expression, connected to the context, featuring a strong dose of innovation and risk.’

Here are 9 of his most celebrated buildings that capture his spirit and unique expression.

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