Archi Love 01: Ricardo Bofill / La Muralla Roja

Powerful bold architecture that moves me is something that filters into my subconscious and finds its way into my work. I am never directly using architecture as a foundation for my designs but being exposed to it all my life has made it a big influence. Ricardo Bofill’s La Muralla Roja is a building that I find incredibly evocative and inspirational. There are so many amazing foundations for this building that it is like a chorus of concepts realised in one unforgettable structure.

This housing project comprises 50 apartments and was built between 1968-1973, located in Calpe on the south coast of Spain. Strongly referencing Mediterranean architecture, the buildings are heroically located on an arid rocky landscape and constructed to look almost fortress-like. Reminiscent of traditional North African and Moorish architecture, there is a feeling of discovery in the structure where interlocking stairs, platforms and bridges open to internal courtyards and communal rooftop spaces. Painted in lush pinks and blues, this is a jewel of a building. Located between the sea and the sky, it is a place I hope to visit one day.

Ricardo Bofill’s La Muralla Roja is a building that I find incredibly evocative.

Painted in lush pinks and blues, this is a jewel of a building.

There are so many amazing foundations for this building that it is like a chorus of concepts realised in one unforgettable structure.

Interlocking stairs, platforms and bridges open to internal courtyards and communal rooftop spaces.

Located between the sea and the sky, it is a place I hope to visit one day.

Powerful bold architecture that moves me is something that filters into my subconscious and finds its way into my work. I am never directly using architecture as a foundation for my designs but being exposed to it all my life has made it a big influence. Ricardo Bofill’s La Muralla Roja is a building that I find incredibly evocative and inspirational. There are so many amazing foundations for this building that it is like a chorus of concepts realised in one unforgettable structure.

This housing project comprises 50 apartments and was built between 1968-1973, located in Calpe on the south coast of Spain. Strongly referencing Mediterranean architecture, the buildings are heroically located on an arid rocky landscape and constructed to look almost fortress-like. Reminiscent of traditional North African and Moorish architecture, there is a feeling of discovery in the structure where interlocking stairs, platforms and bridges open to internal courtyards and communal rooftop spaces. Painted in lush pinks and blues, this is a jewel of a building. Located between the sea and the sky, it is a place I hope to visit one day.

Ricardo Bofill’s La Muralla Roja is a building that I find incredibly evocative.

Painted in lush pinks and blues, this is a jewel of a building.

There are so many amazing foundations for this building that it is like a chorus of concepts realised in one unforgettable structure.

Interlocking stairs, platforms and bridges open to internal courtyards and communal rooftop spaces.

Located between the sea and the sky, it is a place I hope to visit one day.