There’s so much about constructivism in the design of La Muralla Roja, an experimental and utopian building in Calpe (Alicante). In 1973, the Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill built this residential building, with the external walls all painted in pink and red and, for this reason, called La Muralla Roja (The Red Wall). The architect affirmed that the project actually started ten years before the building was completed, so we feel totally authorized to call it utopian.
There are many connected courtyards allowing access to all the apartments. The roof houses a solarium, a sauna and a swimming pool, and from the top you can have an incredible view on the sea, feeling like you are right in the middle of the water, given that the building is nearly hang on the Mediterranean Sea.
The strongest influence comes from the Mediterranean and Arabian traditions, like the kasbahs, for what concerns the structure. The studio chose to give right to the structure all the possible attention, using color blocks for the walls and the architectonical elements, elements that are incredibly sharp and fluid at the same time.
More than 40 years, and still cutting edge, no doubts!
[images via ricardobofill.com]