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Ricardo Bofill
Ricardo Bofill
[Ricardo Bofill Levi]
* Barcelona, Spain [España], 5 December 1939
nationality: spanish
Taller de Arquitectura
Avda. Industria, 14
08960 Sant Just Desvern - Barcelona - Spain [España]
Tel: +34.93.499.99.00 - Fax: +34.93.499.99.50
www.bofill.com
tallerbcn@bofill.com
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES
 
 
Ricardo Bofill was born in Barcelona and studied at the School of Architecture in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1963 he founded a group formed by architects, engineers, sociologists and philosophers, creating the basis for what today is the ‘Taller de Arquitectura’ (Architectural Workshop).

Taller de Arquitectura’, with headquarters in Barcelona, accomplishes a collective and elaborate system for project design, establishing a technical collaboration in all countries where it undertakes projects. It is a practice composed of a structure which endeavours for the highest quality, capable of conceiving and carrying out projects anywhere in the world. With this aim the 'Taller' uses all of its means available: modern techniques, human resources, the professional expertise of each individual and the efficient organization of its structure.

This multidisciplinary international team takes on projects of city planning, transport, leisure, housing and offices. In their conception these projects include the design components: furniture, sculpture and interior design. City design, as applied in the European cities of Bordeaux, Luxembourg, Rome, Prague, Warsaw, Kobe and Madrid, as well as in Boston, U.S.A. In China stands out the project for Qingdao Olympic Games village, a proposal for a new district in Beijing, Landmark Buildings, an high-rise building complex, the Shangri-la Hotel, Sunshine Upper East and The Reflection residential complex, all under construction. The 'Antigone' neighbourhood in Montpellier is a tangible example of a project on a grand scale, a part of the city which has been designed and constructed by this team during twenty years.

In the field of great infrastructures Barcelona Airport extension of 1991 stands out and the future one will be achieved in 2009. In the field of cultural equipments the team has designed the ‘Miguel Delibes Cultural Center’ in Valladolid, Spain, the ‘Arsenal Music Center’ in Metz, France, where the most famous maestros perform, and the ‘Shepherd School of Music” for Rice University in Houston. In Barcelona the Catalan Government commissioned the Taller the project for the ‘National Theatre of Catalonia’, a building of great cultural prestige.

Housing is another area intensely studied by ‘Taller de Arquitectura’, especially the great projects carried out in the 'Villes Nouvelles' near Paris. The Completed of several residential complex in Barcelona, Stockholm and The Hague reinforces the team's presence on the European housing scene. In the field of commercial centers outstand Casablanca Twin Center in Morocco and Lazona Kawasaki Plaza, near Tokyo. In Bratislava will be soon realized a set of buildings that will lodge houses, offices, commercial center and a hotel with a constructed surface of sqm 100,000.

‘Taller de Arquitectura’ has had the opportunity to demonstrate its know-how by carrying out several office building projects. The most relevant examples are the offices realized in Paris as the prestigious headquarters of ‘Paribas Marché Saint Honoré’, ‘Cartier ’, ‘Christian Dior’, ‘Decaux’, ‘Gan’ and ‘Axa Insurances’.

They has also realized office buildings in other european cities: Corso Karlin in Prague and Atrium Saldanha in Lisbon. Outstanding among the realisations are Lazona Kawasaki Plaza, a shopping centre of sqm 200,00, ‘Shiseido Building’ in Tokyo, the skyscrapers ‘JP Morgan Headquarters, completed in 2003 and ‘Donnelley Building’, in 1992, both in Chicago. Having won a series of important competitions, the ‘Taller’ asserts itself more and more in its capacity for diversification.

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AWARDS
 
1964
Fritz Schumacher Preis, Hamburg
BUILDINGS
 
2002 - 2020
Algeria [Al Jaza'ir'] » Boughzoul
2009
Hotel W Barcelona (Vela)
Spain [España] » Barcelona
2001 - 2008
T1 Aeropuerto de Barcelona
Spain [España] » El Prat de Llobregat
2001 - 2007
Centro Cultural Miguel Delibes
Spain [España] » Valladolid
2006
La Porte
Luxembourg [Luxembourg/Luxemburg/Lëtzebuerg] » Luxembourg [Luxembourg/Luxemburg/Lëtzebuerg]
2003
Dearborn Center
United States » Chicago
2001
Shiseido building
Japan [Nihon/Nippon] » Tōkyō
1999
Casablanca Twin Center
Morocco [al-Maġrib] » Casablanca [ad-Dār al-Bayḍāʼ]
1996
Marché Saint Honoré - Paribas
France [France] » Paris
1988 - 1992
Spain [España] » El Prat de Llobregat
1992
77 West Wacker
United States » Chicago
1990
Spain [España] » Barcelona
1985 - 1989
France [France] » Montpellier
1985 - 1989
Belgium [Belgique/België] » La Hulpe/Terhulpen
1986
France [France] » Paris
1986
Belvedere Saint Christophe
France [France] » Cergy-Pontoise
1979 - 1984
France [France] » Montpellier
1978 - 1983
France [France] » Marne-la-Vallée
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BIBLIOGRAPHY
 
WRITINGS
BY THE ARCHITECT
Ricardo Bofill, Jean-Louis André, Spazi di una vita, Il Cardo Editori, Venezia 1996
Ricardo Bofill, Nicolas Véron, L'Architecture des villes, Odile Jacob, Paris 1995
Ricardo Bofill, Jean-Louis André, Espacio y Vida, Tusquets, Barcelona 1990
Annabelle D'Huart. Ricardo Bofill, El Dibujo de la Ciudad, Industria y Clasicismo, Gustavo Gili, Barcelona 1984
Ricardo Bofill, L'Architecture d'un Homme, Editions Arthaud, París 1978
Ricardo Bofill, Taller de Arquitectura, Hacia una Formalización de la Ciudad en el Espacio, Blume, Barcelona 1968
WRITINGS
ABOUT THE ARCHITECT
Bartomeu Cruells, Ricardo Bofill. Obras y Proyectos/Works and Projects, Gustavo Gili, Barcelona 1992
Annabelle d'Huart, Ricardo Bofill, Electa Moniteur, Paris 1989
Fulvio Irace, "Ricardo Bofill. Taller de Arquitectura", Domus 668, gennaio/january 1986, pp. 1-7
Deborah K. Dietsch, "Precast classicism", Architectural Record 1/1986, january 1986 [Business Design Engineering], pp. 130-131 (130-141)
Christian Norberg-Schulz, Yukio Futagawa (Ed.), Ricardo Bofill. Taller de Arquitectura, Rizzoli, New York 1985
Yukio Futagawa (ed.), Ricardo Bofill. Taller de Arquitectura, ADA Edita, Tokyo 1985. (tr. en., Rizzoli International, New York 1985)
David Mangin, "L'homme de marbre", L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui 236, décembre/december 1984 [Habitacion individuelles], pp. VII-XIV
José Agustín Goytisolo, Taller de Arquitectura, Blume, Barcelona 1976
 
 
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