Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill died at the age of 82

He signed more than 1,000 projects around the world and was, in France, particularly renowned for his large ensembles. The famous Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill died this Friday, January 14 at the age of 82.

His son, Pablo Bofill, told Agence France-Presse this afternoon that the architect had died of complications related to Covid-19.

In a statement, the workshop of the master, the “Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura” (RBTA or Atelier d’Architecture Ricardo Bofill, in French), clarified that Ricardo Bofill had passed away in Barcelona (northeast of the Spain) paying homage “to the Spanish architect who had the greatest international career”.

Founded in 1963, his architectural studio was housed in an old cement factory on the outskirts of Barcelona.

an architect in particular of social housing

Born on December 5, 1939 in Barcelona from a Catalan father himself an architect and a Venetian mother, Ricardo Bofill Levi began his studies in 1957 at the Barcelona School of Architecture, from where he was excluded for anti-Franco activism, before continuing his studies in Geneva, Switzerland.

We owe him in particular the Barcelona airport, the National Theater of Catalonia, the Palais des Congrès in Madrid and the Donnelley and Dearborn skyscrapers in Chicago.

In France, where he was very well known and particularly appreciated, Bofill signed large social housing complexes, such as the Abraxas spaces in Noisy-le-Grand, in the suburbs of Paris, where several scenes of “Brazil” were filmed. », Cult anticipatory film by Terry Gilliam (1985), or the Antigone district in Montpellier (south).

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