ricardo bofill discusses time, space, and existence ahead of 2020 venice biennale

By 28th December 2019International News

with an abundance of classical motifs, brutalist forms, and vibrant colors, the work of catalan architect ricardo bofill defies classification. in a new video released in advance of the 2020 venice architecture biennale, bofill describes his relationship with space as a source of pleasure, not unlike the pleasure derived from music or art. the interview takes place at ‘la fábrica’, the former cement factory that has served as the architect’s studio and home for over four decades.

ricardo bofill interview
la fabrica, sant just desvern (barcelona), 1975 | all images © ricardo bofill taller de arquitectura
video © PLANE–SITE

in the new video, produced by PLANE–SITE with the support of the european cultural centre, ricardo bofill talks about his interdisciplinary approach and how he is able to operate within contexts of different sizes. ‘to work at different scales is the architect’s wisdom,’ bofill says in the interview, which can be seen at the top of this page.

ricardo bofill interview
la fabrica, sant just desvern (barcelona), 1975

the short film has been released in the run-up to the 2020 edition of the ‘time space existence’ exhibition, a recurring show at the venice architecture biennale that features a wide range of projects from international architects, photographers, sculptors, and academics. the video series has already featured both prominent architects, including kengo kuma, fumihiko maki, and tatiana bilbao. the series will be exhibited as part of the biennial, which opens on may 21, 2020. see designboom’s ongoing coverage of the event here.

ricardo bofill interview
la fabrica, sant just desvern (barcelona), 1975

ricardo bofill interview
xanadú, alicante, spain, 1971


xanadú, alicante, spain, 1971


xanadú, alicante, spain, 1971


la muralla roja, alicante, spain, 1973


la muralla roja, alicante, spain, 1973


walden 7, sant just desvern (barcelona), 1975


walden 7, sant just desvern (barcelona), 1975

project info:

video by: PLANE–SITE
supported by: european cultural centre
exhibition: time space existence
venue: venice architecture biennale 2020
dates: may 23 – november 29, 2020

philip stevens I designboom

dec 27, 2019