His projects – more than 1,000! – are known around the world, and more particularly in France. Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill died on Friday at 82 from complications related to Covid-19, his family announced. “He died a few hours ago,” his son Pablo Bofill told AFP. In a statement, his workshop, Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura, said he had died in Barcelona and paid tribute “to the Spanish architect who had the greatest international career”.
The spaces of Abraxas, the setting for the last “Hunger Games”
Born on December 5, 1939 in Barcelona to a Catalan architect father 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-activism. Francoist, before continuing his studies in Geneva. Founded in 1963, his architectural studio, the Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura, located in an old cement factory on the outskirts of Barcelona, has signed more than 1,000 projects around the world.
We owe in particular to Ricardo Bofill the Barcelona airport, the National Theater of Catalonia, the Palais des Congrès in Madrid or 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 Antigone district in Montpellier or the Abraxas spaces in Noisy-le-Grand, in the suburbs of Paris, where were shot several scenes of Brazil, the cult anticipation film by Terry Gilliam, as well as the last episode of the cinematic saga Hunger Games.