Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill dies aged 82

Ricardo Bofill portrait

Breaking news: Ricardo Bofill, the Spanish architect behind the Walden 7 apartment building in Catalonia, has passed away at the age of 82.

The news of Bofill’s death today was announced by his studio Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura (RBTA), which shared three old portraits of the architect on its Instagram.

Bofill founded his studio RBTA in 1963. Its best-known projects include Walden 7 and the brightly coloured La Muralla Roja housing estate in Manzanera.

Walden 7
Top image: Ricardo Bofill has passed away at the age of 82. Above: he was the architect behind Walden 7. Photo is by Till F. Teenck via Wikimedia Commons

Other key projects by the studio in Spain are Castell de Kafka, the National Theater of Catalonia and La Fábrica – a repurposed cement factory containing the RBTA headquarters and Bofill’s family home.

More recently, his studio completed the W Barcelona Hotel, also in Spain, and Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Morocco.

Ricardo Bofill's La Muralla Roja
Bofill also designed the colourful La Muralla Roja. Photo is by Sebastian Weiss

Bofill was born in 1939 in Barcelona. He completed his formal architectural training at the Geneva University of Art and Design in Switzerland.

The architect received a number of awards for his work, including the Ciudad de Barcelona Prize of Architecture for La Fábrica and The Israelí Building Center’s Life Time Achievement Award.

He was also an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the Association of German Architects.

More to follow.

The portrait of Bofill is by Xuan_95 via Shutterstock.

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