AA Retro: Ricardo Bofill’s Red Wall

In 1972, the June-July issue of L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui is dedicated to tourism. After a short study about the evolution of global tourism from 1965 to 1970, the report presents a selection of emblematic constructions of the time, from Italy to Canada, including Morocco.

Among these examples, the unusual project by Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill in Calp (Spain) is shown on a few colour pages. Built between 1966 and 1968, this “Red Wall” hosts 48 apartments, geometrically spread on the hillside. The asymmetrical aspect is due to the numbers of stairs, walkways and platforms, tangled between high walls.

The colourful walls, from pink to blue, give all its originality to the project. It made quite an impression on Spanish poet and novelist Manuel Vázquez Montalbán who wrote a short story about Bofill’s “Red Wall” for L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui.

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