Ricardo Bofill: La Muralla Roja

Geometric shapes, striking colours and green surrounds make this apartment complex in Spain an architectural dream – drawing inspiration from traditional Arab- Mediterranean architecture.

Ricardo Bofill’s La Muralla Roja was completed in 1973 and is characterized by its high windowless walls and bold colour palette. The architect was inspired by the Kasbah, a Spanish fortress-like structure. The Muralla Roja consists of interconnected walls which hold 50 apartments; studios and homes. Residents have the luxury of experiencing surreal views of the ocean and the surrounding greenery.

Ricardo Bofill’s architectural work often challenges the traditional aesthetic of suburban buildings; shape and space co-exist in ways that one would think are impossible.  Although each of Bofill’s projects is unique, similarities can be seen when comparing one of his most recent projects, the Mohammed VI Polytechnic to La Muralla Roja. The university also boasts a striking colour palette and square-shaped walls.

Mohammed VI Polytechnic, central Morocco

Photographer Andrés Gallardo captured the dreaminess of La Muralla Roja below:

‘La Muralla Roja’, Spain. Andrés Gallardo
‘La Muralla Roja’, Spain. Andrés Gallardo
‘La Muralla Roja’, Spain – Andrés Gallardo
‘La Muralla Roja’, Spain. Andrés Gallardo
‘La Muralla Roja’, Spain. Andrés Gallardo
‘La Muralla Roja’, Spain. Andrés Gallardo
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