Ricardo Bofill has designed a villa inspired by a classical temple in the Algarve, Portugal
In January 2022, the world of architecture lost one of its greatest influences of modern times, Catalan architect Ricardo Bofill. However, just two months before his departure, Bofill left us with a new vision: a stand-alone villa inspired by a classical temple that sits on a single plot within the Palmares Ocean Living & Golf complex. Today, a new opportunity arises to give life to one of his latest creations.
The Palmares Ocean Living & Golf complex is located in the Algarve, the southernmost region of Portugal. With land for sale with or without an architectural project, the complex is owned and operated by Kronos Homes and its Clubhouse won a national real estate award last year in the Tourism category. There is now an opportunity for a buyer to purchase his own villa designed by Ricardo Bofill.
Born in Barcelona, Ricardo Bofill was one of Europe’s most representative postmodern architects. Known for the bright colors and vibrant geometry he exploded in the late 1960s and early 1970s, he was able to leave behind the modernism of earlier years. His work encompasses different disciplines such as poetry, mathematics, literature and economics, which he combines with his architectural designs. Some of them include Kafka Castle and Walden 7 in Catalonia, Red Wall in Alicante, Ax Maggiore in Paris and Polytechnic University Mohammed VI in Morocco.
“The villa sits in the rolling coastal landscape with its bold form and materials. There is an undisguised intention to make it visible from afar, a presence that evokes a classical temple with its set of columns” – Ricardo Bofill Architecture Workshop
Combining Arabic and Mediterranean design influences, Bofill made them fit in with both his native Barcelona and the history of Arabic architectural influence in Portugal. In fact, its architectural design in Palmares is a reflection of these influences since, as the studio points out, it is a design that pays homage to light and shadow.
“Inside, everything is organized around a central courtyard which divides the program while bringing natural light to all the rooms. The courtyard, open to the ocean, concentrates the whole house towards the view of the sea and transforms the front facade into a social space, with a swimming pool, an outdoor living room, a dining room and the option of a fireplace. The house is designed on a modular principle which allows it to meet different needs without losing spatial quality and identity.The proposed grid not only focuses on the building, but also incorporates the variations of the landscape throughout the year.The addition of swaying textiles to the columns will add a soft, contrasting layer to create shadows that move and dance with the position of the sun” – Ricardo Bofill Architecture Workshop