Internationally acclaimed architect and urban designer Ricardo Bofill never plays it safe when it comes to structural designs. Starting his own practice, Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura (RBTA), the Spanish architect’s projects can be found across the globe including Paris, Barcelona and Ibiza. Bofill’s works, particularly his earliest starting from the 1960s, have paved the way in pushing boundaries of embedded architectural methodologies – introducing artistic attributes into structures whilst still maintaining a functionality.
Bofill’s take on a single-family house in Ibiza, built in 1960, acts as a blueprint to the homes we see today on the island. The architect kept in line with Ibiza’s vernacular architecture, referring to the ways in which the people, landscape, climate and materials all interact and coincide with one another to create a specific architectural expression which was indigenous to the island in the 60s.
However, Bofill had to think of the home’s dual functionality – having the ability to accommodate a single individual as well as a group of people in any given circumstance. This was achieved by modulating the various spaces inside the house, and moreover, establishing a fluid continuity between the exterior and interior. Accomplishing an effortless juxtaposition between the local style and more organic vibe found on an international scale, ‘the team worked a great deal on the wrapping walls or enclosure, and in this way, it organically modulated the outer shell of the house. The interior remained austere and magically sober,’ as Bofill puts it.
Two independent cores comprise to become this home – united by the kitchen, as well as a covered open porch in order for the house to function in a homogenous way. Simply put, Bofill and his team managed to create a space which followed the island’s architectural traditions and yet still paved the way to produce a visually intriguing and artistically driven home. Bravo!