I can’t stop staring at these photos of “The Red Wall” aka La Muralla Roja. I love photos of walls – a strange thing to love, I know. (My favorite insult of all time – Nicole, why don’t you go take another picture of a WALL! Why, yes, yes I will.) And these kind of, sort of remind me of the work of Luis Barragán, that I posted a few months ago.
Built in 1973 by the Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill in Calpe, Alicante, Spain. The building was deeply inspired by North African architecture known as the Casbah. It’s a complex of over 50 apartments with intersecting stairs, bridges and colorful platforms. It’s built like a red fortress atop the rocky cliffs of the Mediterranean. One of the goals of the building was to reinterpret the line between public and private spaces, with lots of hidden patios and bridges. The geometric design is designed around overlapping Greek cross shaped structures with arms 5 meters long, being grouped in different ways. Service towers (kitchens and bathrooms) are placed at their point of intersection.
The outside surfaces are painted in various tones of red, to accentuate the contrast with the landscape. Patios and stairs, however, are painted in blue tones to produce a stronger or weaker contrast with the sky or to do the opposite – blend in with it.
I can’t imagine what its like inside, but I do know I would shoot the hell out of this place. WALLSSSSSSSSSSSSS…….